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Thanedar, Shri (D)State Representative District 3
Shri THANEDAR, 64, a Detroit Democrat, is a 2018 gubernatorial candidate who finished third in the Democratic gubernatorial primary with 18% of the vote, but with a plurality of the vote in Detroit
Originally from Belgaum, India, Thanedar studied in India and worked with Bhabha Atomic Research Center before moving to the United States. He owned a small chemical services company, until he sold it to run for governor.
He earned his doctorate in polymer chemistry from the University of Michigan and became a U.S. citizen in 1988.
Previously from Ann Arbor, Thanedar moved into the city of Detroit in early 2019. His life story is part of a book called “The Blue Suitcase.”
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