Shri Thanedar, a millionaire businessman of Indian descent who ran for governor two years ago, was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives with 93% of the vote.
Mr Thanedar, 65, also a scientist, raised a record $ 438,620, mostly from his own fortune, in the House of Representatives primary against six other Democratic Party opponents.
The former gubernatorial prospect capitalized on his high notoriety after moving from Ann Arbor to Detroit after losing the 2018 primary. Two years ago, his campaign featured a heavy dose of “Shri for We” TV commercials. “.
He won Michigan’s 3rd District with 93 percent of the total vote.
Mr Thanedar had spent nearly $ 10 million of his own fortune to finish third behind Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El Sayed in the 2018 governor’s primary, but he won the most votes in Detroit.
Originally from Belgaum in Karnataka, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at 18 and a master’s degree from the University of Bombay. He later emigrated to the United States in 1979 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Akron and later at the University of Michigan.
Mr Thanedar told media in a recent interview that he started campaigning last fall before the pandemic and spent time during the outbreak handing out masks, hand sanitizer and door knockers.
He said he wanted to tackle a long list of challenges plaguing his district, including the burn, water cuts, foreclosures, crime and unemployment.
“I see people have no hope. The conditions are really bad and nothing has changed for years. People are deprived of their rights. I slept and ate on the floor, with no running water,” said Mr Thanedar said, referring to his education in India.
“I understand the pain of poverty,” he said.
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