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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  • 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.”

  • endorsed

    “Having taught in Arkansas' 1st congressional district, I was able to see just how hard families were working to support their children and their towns. Arkansas needs people who will take their stories, struggles, and successes to Washington D.C. and I can think of no one better to do this than Chintan. Chintan will keep Arkansans as the driving force for his work which is what all citizens should expect from their representatives.”

  • endorsed

    “The level of dedication Chintan has shown in his campaign thus far is proof that he understands that to represent the people, you have to know the people. I know the amount of dedication he puts into his campaign will only grow once I’m fortunate enough to call him my congressman.”

May 24, 2018

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

  • 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.”

  • endorsed

    “Having taught in Arkansas' 1st congressional district, I was able to see just how hard families were working to support their children and their towns. Arkansas needs people who will take their stories, struggles, and successes to Washington D.C. and I can think of no one better to do this than Chintan. Chintan will keep Arkansans as the driving force for his work which is what all citizens should expect from their representatives.”

  • endorsed

    “The level of dedication Chintan has shown in his campaign thus far is proof that he understands that to represent the people, you have to know the people. I know the amount of dedication he puts into his campaign will only grow once I’m fortunate enough to call him my congressman.”

  • endorsed

    “Chintan will bring moral integrity and equitable ideas to this office. He will do great things for Arkansas when elected.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe that Chintan will fight for young people and families of color in the Arkansas Delta who have been repeatedly disenfranchised by Congress!”

  • endorsed

    “I have known Chintan for five years. He is passionate, compassionate, creative, and dedicated to all that he takes on. He will work tirelessly to improve the circumstances and lives of his friends and neighbors in Arkansas’ first district. I am proud to know him and am rooting for him and for all residents of AR-1 who would benefit from his role as their representative.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Chintan because he represents the future that Arkansas deserves.”

  • endorsed

    “Sometimes people, including myself, ask about how or why I choose to live and work in a red state. It’s because I get to work with people like Chintan Desai who has committed himself to making change in his community and is now the first person of color to run for Congress in this state! Join me in helping Chintan today by contributing, and know that he is working along with people across rural Arkansas who have historically and presently never been represented by elected officials in a district that has deep ties to the Deep South and it’s history.”