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Shri Thanedar files petition signatures to appear on Democratic primary ballot

Shri Thanedar
Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

Millionaire businessman Shri Thanedar filed petition signatures Monday to appear as a candidate for governor on the Democratic primary ballot in August.

Thanedar is a PhD who made his fortune in the chemical testing industry after immigrating from India.

“In 1984, I got my green card, which made the way for me to become a U.S. citizen. So, I owe tremendously to Michigan," he says. "I want to give back. And this is my chance, so I am really excited today to make that happen.”

Thanedar has spent a substantial amount of his personal fortune on TV ads. He says the ad campaign is showing results.

“So we are getting a lot of support from people, and we will begin a fundraising campaign now that people know. We have 70% name recognition.”

Former state Senate leader Gretchen Whitmer and former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed have also filed petitions to run as Democrats for governor.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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