Chintan Desai is a teacher and educator from Helena, Arkansas.

He was born in San Luis Obispo, California. His parents, Dipak and Daksha, immigrated from Mumbai, India in search of a better life. With little money and few friends, they built a new life for themselves and their son.

Their journey to America was not without great cost. They left behind a community of family, friends, and loved ones. But they understood that America was a place of opportunity, where their hard work would be rewarded. And they worked hard.

Chintan's father worked at a local fast food restaurant and Chintan's mother worked at an arts and crafts store. They both worked second jobs at a motel. As a result of their hard work and support, Chintan attended the University of California, Davis. Driven by a commitment to public service, Chintan joined Teach for America. The day after graduating from college, Chintan moved to Helena, Arkansas, where he taught fifth grade social studies.

Chintan learned through his family and his experiences as an educator the values of community and opportunity.

It is a testament to the strength of Arkansan communities that they endure in the face of material hardships and being ignored and forgotten by politicians and bureaucrats. Indeed, in many ways, adversity has become woven into the fabric of Arkansan life. But this is not a reality that Arkansans must accept. It was not a reality that Dipak and Daksha accepted when they came to America. It is not a reality that Chintan accepts now.

Chintan is running for Congress because he believes that all Arkansans must be heard. That there is irreplaceable value to one's home and community. We should not have to leave the Natural State to find prosperity. But we will have to fight to make prosperity a reality.


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    “From his position as an educator, about the most important there is, Chintan's not only gotten a great idea of the areas where the Delta needs a voice but also thought unceasingly about what changes for the better that voice could provide. He's committed to his students and their families and by extension the families throughout the district.”

  • endorsed

    “I'm endorsing Chintan because he is a candidate who values his community, and is listening and present for his community in the way a Congressperson should be.”

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    “I endorse Chintan because he is committed to fully serving the citizens of Arkansas. We need all of our legislators to work hard to make the lives of everyday Arkansans easier not harder!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan because he will put the well-being of Arkansans as his top priority. Chintan possesses the compassion, determination, and broad-reaching scope of vision to ensure that all of AR-1's constituents have their voices heard and communities strengthened.”

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    “Chintan's #30in30 effort is a great way for Arkansans in the 30 counties of the first congressional district to see how much he cares about making our state a better place for all. I'm glad to support him in this effort.”

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    “I spent most of 2017 trying to get my Congressman to hold a town hall, but he flat out refused and compared participating in town halls to going to a "public lynching." Chintan Desai is the complete opposite; he goes to every single community in Arkansas' first congressional district, answers every question he gets asked, and even has his personal cell phone number on his business cards. As the son of immigrants and educator in the Delta, I know Chintan is focused on fighting for Eastern Arkansas and the values that make America great. I'm inspired by Chintan Desai, and after you meet him I know that you will be too.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan because he will always have his community’s interests at heart. I know how important Arkansas is to him and that he will listen and make decisions based on its needs, not a bottom line. He is young, enthusiastic and hardworking. I have full confidence he will represent his community diligently.”

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    “Chintan Desai knows the value of hard work. He would look out for East Arkansas' greatest resources- it's people, kids, and of course farmers! Very smart, hardworking guy. He never would have supported the policies that are now hurting Arkansas farmers.”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan stands for the progressive values that will push Eastern Arkansas into the tomorrow it deserves... let's go Chintan!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan Desai because he cares deeply for the Arkansas Delta.”

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “From his position as an educator, about the most important there is, Chintan's not only gotten a great idea of the areas where the Delta needs a voice but also thought unceasingly about what changes for the better that voice could provide. He's committed to his students and their families and by extension the families throughout the district.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I'm endorsing Chintan because he is a candidate who values his community, and is listening and present for his community in the way a Congressperson should be.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan because he is committed to fully serving the citizens of Arkansas. We need all of our legislators to work hard to make the lives of everyday Arkansans easier not harder!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan because he will put the well-being of Arkansans as his top priority. Chintan possesses the compassion, determination, and broad-reaching scope of vision to ensure that all of AR-1's constituents have their voices heard and communities strengthened.”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan's #30in30 effort is a great way for Arkansans in the 30 counties of the first congressional district to see how much he cares about making our state a better place for all. I'm glad to support him in this effort.”

  • endorsed

    “I spent most of 2017 trying to get my Congressman to hold a town hall, but he flat out refused and compared participating in town halls to going to a "public lynching." Chintan Desai is the complete opposite; he goes to every single community in Arkansas' first congressional district, answers every question he gets asked, and even has his personal cell phone number on his business cards. As the son of immigrants and educator in the Delta, I know Chintan is focused on fighting for Eastern Arkansas and the values that make America great. I'm inspired by Chintan Desai, and after you meet him I know that you will be too.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan because he will always have his community’s interests at heart. I know how important Arkansas is to him and that he will listen and make decisions based on its needs, not a bottom line. He is young, enthusiastic and hardworking. I have full confidence he will represent his community diligently.”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan Desai knows the value of hard work. He would look out for East Arkansas' greatest resources- it's people, kids, and of course farmers! Very smart, hardworking guy. He never would have supported the policies that are now hurting Arkansas farmers.”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan stands for the progressive values that will push Eastern Arkansas into the tomorrow it deserves... let's go Chintan!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan Desai because he cares deeply for the Arkansas Delta.”

  • endorsed

    “I am proud to support Chintan Desai because he is a voice for what Arkansans need. Working as an educator and a leader in an underserved area, he knows very clearly what our district needs and what policies will help ALL Arkansans. His grassroots support team is working every day to reach Arkansans with his clear and progressive message. The first district needs Chintan Desai.”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan is the best choice for Arkansas’ first Congressional District! He’s a teacher and a leader who will fight for us in Washington. I proudly support him.”

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  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan Desai because teachers are already our country’s leaders. I am confident he has the vision, skills, and compassion to make a difference for his constituents.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Chintan Desai for Congress because Northeast Arkansas needs a representative in DC that will vote with integrity and advocate for the people.”

  • endorsed

    “Clarity of words, Courage of convictions, Compassion for the marginalized.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan Desai because he has great ideas on education and healthcare and has a heart for all people in the district. Vote for Desai in November 2018!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Chintan because he shows up for everyone. Chintan has a heart for service, for education, and for supporting those who need his voice. I’ve never had a conversation with Chintan when I felt like he was scrolling through his thoughts for a party line. He’s intelligent and seeks to improve my beautiful home state.”

  • endorsed

    “I had the pleasure of hearing Chintan speak at the Young Democrats of Arkansas Convention earlier this year and continue to be impressed by his eloquence and passion for Arkansans. I grew up just a county over from the 1st Congressional and know that Chintan can and will represent Arkansas's largest district with compassion, intelligence, and strength.”

  • endorsed

    “Knowing that someone like Chintan Desai is running for congress gives me hope for America! He believes in the values and ideals that made us a nation, and will be an advocate for education, health care, families, civil rights and a healthy economy. Arkansas is lucky to have him.”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan will bring a real concern for the people of District One. We certainly need new representation and more communication. I believe he will bring new leadership.”

  • endorsed

    “I endose Chintan Desai because he is fighting for all people. He is for Medicare for all.”

  • endorsed

    “I had the pleasure of meeting Chintan at a conference in Chicago earlier this year. From our first conversation, I noticed how brilliant, passionate and humble he was. In a time of political turmoil and disbelief in the will of many of our public servants to stand up for what’s right, Chintan stands out as an example of the type of person we need serving us in Congress. Elect him to be your congressman, AR-1 — you won’t regret it.”

  • endorsed

    “Boy, I envy the good people of Arkansas's District One. For the first time in a good while, they have a truly exceptional candidate in Chintan Desai. The people of the First District have been calling for change, and are they lucky that Chintan is the one who has answered the call. Embarking on a 30 Day/30 County goal, Chintan will be visiting all 30 counties next month. I hope you all have at least one opportunity to meet a remarkable young man like Chintan, and come November, I hope you'll vote for change and vote for Chintan!”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan is the change we need in Arkansas. He understands the needs of The Delta and cant be bought. As a teacher in one of the poorest areas of Arkansas, he understands that the changes we need are those that affect everyone, not the elite few.”