It’s important to point out, though, that none of the candidates elected on Tuesday won based solely on their immigrant experience. Sayu Bhojwani, founder of New American Leaders, an organization that works to create a more inclusive democracy by training immigrants and new Americans to run for political office, explains that, rather, these candidates won because “they were authentic and they showed up as they are. They told their stories; they connected to voters through their stories and made a case for why they were going to be strong advocates for their constituents because of their shared lived experience.”