Vanila Singh

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Vanila Singh
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 17
High schoolWashington High School
Bachelor'sUC Berkeley
M.D.George Washington University
Campaign website
Vanila Singh campaign logo
Vanila Singh was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 17th Congressional District of California.[1]


Singh is a professor and physician at Stanford University. She majored in both Economics and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and went to medical school at George Washington University. After medical school, Singh specialized in pain medicine and was appointed to the Faculty of Stanford Medical Center. She is currently Associate Professor of Anesthesiology.[2]


Campaign themes


Singh's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Opportunity: "As a mother, I am deeply concerned that the opportunities we had for advancement in our education and careers are declining for our children. We continue to borrow for ourselves against their futures. Society is failing our children: the very definition of the American Dream—that the next generation will have better opportunities than their parents—is quickly moving out of their reach."
  • Lower Taxes, Reduced Waste: "Washington spends our hard earned money irresponsibly—racking up billions of dollars in unpaid bills each day and asking us for more! A dollar wasted by the government is a dollar which cannot then be used for someone truly in need, in our schools, or on our crumbling infrastructure."
  • Smarter Healthcare: "As a physician, I believe access to affordable healthcare is imperative, but must be approached responsibly and without sacrificing the very quality of care we want to provide. Big business and insurance companies all had a seat at the table on the latest healthcare legislation. Yet without representation from the very people who provide care, the doctors and nurses, who has been looking out for patients?"


—Vanila Singh's campaign website,



See also: California's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

Singh ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 17th District. Singh was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, California District 17 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda Incumbent 48.2% 43,607
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRo Khanna 28% 25,384
     Republican Vanila Singh 17% 15,359
     Republican Joel Vanlandingham 6.8% 6,154
Total Votes 90,504
Source: California Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Singh's reports.

Vanila Singh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[6]January 31, 2014$0$108,201$(915)$107,286
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2014$107,286$224,110$(30,973)$300,422
Pre-Primary[8]May 22, 2014$300,422$96,259$(184,881)$211,799
Running totals

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Singh's committee owed $79,000 in outstanding loans to Vanila Singh.


Singh is married and has two children.[2]

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