Indian-origin millionaire Shri Thanedar elected to Michigan state legislature in US

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An Indian-origin Democrat millionaire has been elected to the House of Representatives in Michigan with 93 per cent votes, as per a report.

A scientist and businessman, Shri Thanedar (65), raised a record-breaking $438,620, primarily from his own wealth, in the state House primary against six other opponents, news agency PTI reported.

Who is Shri Thanedar?

Originally from Karnataka’s Belgaum, Thanedar earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry at 18 and a master’s degree from the University of Bombay. Later, he migrated to the US in 1979 to pursue higher studies from the University of Akron and later the University of Michigan.

Career As A Politician

Thanedar, the former gubernatorial hopeful, cashed in on his high name familiarity after he moved from Ann Arbor to Detroit after losing the 2018 primary. His campaign two years ago featured a heavy dose of "Shri for We" television ads.

As per PTI, Thanedar won from the 3rd District of Michigan with 93 per cent of the total votes.

Thanedar had spent almost $10 million of his own fortune to finish third behind Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El Sayed in the 2018 gubernatorial primary, but he won the most votes in Detroit.

Thanedar told the media in a recent interview that he began campaigning last fall prior to the pandemic and has spent time during the outbreak passing out masks, hand sanitiser and door knockers.

What Thanedar Says?

Thanedar said he wants to tackle a long list of challenges plaguing his district, including blight, water shutoffs, foreclosures, crime and unemployment.

"I'm seeing people have no hope. Conditions are really bad and nothing has changed in years. People are disenfranchised. I've slept and ate on the floor, with no running water," Thanedar was quoted as saying by PTI.

"I understand the pain of poverty,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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