Meshal “Kash” Kashifalghita came to America in 1993 at the age of 17. He had an interest in law enforcement even before joining the city of La Verne Police Explorers.
Kash graduated from Bonita High school in La Verne, California. His 21-year law enforcement career began with the District Attorney’s office. From there he went to work for the state of California. While working full time Kash earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State, Fullerton, and attended the Abraham Lincoln University School of Law.
In 2005 Kash enlisted in the Army Reserves with the rank of Specialist, completing 9 months active duty training that year. Following his return to law enforcement he enrolled in the Master’s program while attending ROTC at Claremont McKenna College.
Kash commissioned as an officer the United States Army Reserves in 2007. In 2010 Lieutenant Kashifalghita deployed to Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom, where he engaged in Village Stability Operations. His fluency in multiple languages was a benefit to the Army Special Forces unit to which he was attached since he, and they, lived in the village for weeks at a time. The Village Stability Operations program was judged one of the best methods of connecting the people with their provincial government. As Kash puts it, “We were winning hearts and minds of the Afghanis one village at a time.” He currently holds the rank of Major in the Army Reserves.
Kash is the former President of a California law enforcement union and continues to work in law enforcement for the state of California. He has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives from District 32, which consists of the California cities of Avocado Heights, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Industry, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, Walnut, West Covina, West Puente Valley, and Valinda.
“Our community is made up of multiple cultures and ethnicities, and the community needs every one of us to participate. I want us all to succeed together, and that’s why I’m running for Congress,” he says.
A resident of La Verne, California, Kash and his wife, Nancy are raising a 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.
“Growing up in the ethnic diversity that is Southern California has taught me that no matter who you pray to or what you look like, you have every right to be here. Everyone deserves to live the American dream,” says Kash.