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Thanedar eyes Tlaib’s U.S. House seat

By: - November 8, 2021 10:37 am

Shri Thanedar | Andrew Roth

State Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Detroit) said on Monday that he is forming an exploratory committee to consider a run for the U.S. House seat currently held by U.S. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit).  

“Working for the people of Michigan in the State House is an honor and privilege. This work has strengthened my desire for public service and I am ready for higher office,” Thanedar said in a statement.

The 13th Congressional District covers a large portion of Detroit as well as Hamtramck, Highland Park and several western Wayne County communities such as River Rouge, Ecorse, Inkster and Westland.  

Michigan’s congressional boundaries are being created by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The commission is anticipating final maps to be approved by Dec. 30.

An email to Tlaib’s spokesman Denzel McCampbell was not returned. Tlaib has represented the 13th Congressional District since 2019.

Thanedar, a northwest Detroit resident, grew up in poverty in India before immigrating to the United States in 1979 to pursue a doctoral degree in Chemistry. He has led several small businesses since 1990. He was a 2018 gubernatorial candidate and finished third in the Democratic Party primary. Armed with more than $400,000 of his own money, he later won a state House seat in 2020. Thanedar touts his strong legislative attendance record and an environmental monitoring bill, House Bill 5003, that was signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as his accomplishments.

He also is sponsor of a bill, House Bill 4480, that would provide a $94 million settlement in connection with a lawsuit leveled by Detroit students against the state of Michigan that centered on literacy. The funding would go to the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

“I am looking for an opportunity to serve Michigan residents at the national level focusing on bringing federal dollars to the state of Michigan,” Thanedar said. “My priorities in Congress would be to fight for public safety, education equity, Medicare for All, paid family leave, lower prescription drug prices, universal basic income, clean air and water, and improving quality of life for all.”

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.