Mr. Johnstone’s July 22 letter requires several clarifications.
Last year was Ro Khanna’s second run for elected office. In 2004, he ran a protest campaign against the Iraq war. Ro did not declare his candidacy in 2012 and was not on the ballot. 2014 was his first major run for office. Starting with only 3 percent name recognition, he lost by only 3.6 percent to Mike Honda.
Ro currently works at Smart Utility Systems (an energy efficiency company with an office in Santa Clara) and as a Stanford economics lecturer. He is a qualified intellectual property attorney and has been employed as such in recent years. Ro is also actively engaged in local issues, such as supporting the Northside Library and Youth Soccer Park in Santa Clara.