Puja Khanna

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Puja Khanna graduated from the Government College of Art in India with a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences [2, 4]. She worked as a business analyst for SNT information systems before immigrating to the US from India with her husband [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. She continued to work as a business analyst for many years at companies like Ztango Inc (now part of Real Networks), Comcast, and Skillbanc [2, 4]. Khanna started her own company called Mindfulness with Puja and is the CEO [1, 2, 3, 4]. She also is the Diversity and Inclusion Chair of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, a Company Secretary and Board Member of the IAFPE (Indian American Forum for Political Education), the Co-Membership Chair of DAAV (Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia), and the President of the Board of Loudoun Interfaith Bridges. All 3 of her children also attend Loudoun County Public Schools [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Key Issues

Budget

 Khanna wants to start comprehensive budget reviews and get more input from residents and experts to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used in the best possible manner [1].

Economy

Khanna wants to increase the amount of quality businesses by offering incentives and creating a business-friendly environment [1].

Education

Khanna wants to improve funding for Loudoun County Public Schools to pay teachers a competitive salary and benefits, ensure resources are available for all kids to succeed, and ensure student safety from gun violence [1, 3, 4]. 

Enviornment

Khanna wants to improve Loudoun County’s sustainability through collaborating with local environmental organizations, experts, and community members to develop a sustainability plan, incentivizing clean energy adoption such as solar panels and geo-thermal energy, and ensuring county vehicles are electrified. She also wants to preserve green spaces in Dulles District, specifically Dulles South, to maintain green spaces in rapid development. Khanna wants to advocate for increased funding for park and trail maintenance, and the creation of new parks, recreational areas, and nature preserves [1, 3, 4, 5].

Public Safety

 Khanna wants to improve traffic and pedestrian safety by enhancing crosswalks, shared pathways, signage, pedestrian-activated signals, overbridges and high-visibility crosswalk markings, and the connectivity of bike and trail networks [1, 4, 5].

 

Transparency

Khanna wants to ensure that residents have access to accurate information about government processes, decisions, and expenditures, enhance the availability of online resources, publicize meeting agendas and minutes, and actively engage with residents through town hall meetings and community forums [1, 3, 5]. 

 

Miscellaneous

Khanna wants to solve congestion and safety issues on Route 50 and Braddock Road by advocating for infrastructure investments and seeking funding opportunities to improve traffic flow, enhance safety, and accommodate future growth. She wants to advocate for comprehensive planning processes that include community input, impact assessments, and adherence to zoning regulations. Khanna also wants to reduce the amount of noise produced by planes flying in and out of Dulles airport by working with FAA officials to address concerns [1, 3, 5]. 

Endorsements

Jennifer Wexton, Congresswoman; Jennifer Boysko, State Senator; Barbara Favola, State Senator; Sam Rasoul, State Delegate; Suhas Subramanyam, State Delegate; Kathy Tran, State Delegate; David Reid, State Delegate; Sylvia Glass, Broad Run District Supervisor; Marty Martinez, State Delegate Candidate and former Vice Mayor of Leesburg; Jess Brown, organizing coordinator of SEIU Virginia 512; Atif Qarni, former Virginia Secretary of Education; Moms Demand Action; Indian American Impact; Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia; Laborers’ International Union of North America (Baltimore-Washington Branch); NOVA Labor; Mid-Atlantic Pipe Trades Association; local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Amalgamated Transit Union; Vote Pro-Choice; Virginia 512 SEIU; Virginia Now; Loudoun County Democratic Committee

Sources

1 Puja Khanna
2 LinkedIn 
3 Facebook 
4 Loudoun Now 
5 Blue Virginia 
6 VPAP