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This election year there are several qualified candidates in Michigan who have been deeply involved in serving our community at large and the Indian American Community in particular. We are also witnessing an increasing number of citizens from South Asian ethnicity, who are choosing to be a part of the civic and political engagement process. From library boards to school boards and from Township Trustee positions to the august house of Congress, we have candidates who have chosen to jump into the fray.

Dr Anil Kumar Dhaval Vaishnav Dr Syed Taj Sunil Sivaraman Paul Talwar
Jane Pandit Gurunath Vemulakonda  Girish Tiwari Chandru Acharya endorses Anne Marie Graham-Hudak Lorie Savin
Cyndi Peltonen        

Dr. Anil Kumar – Candidate for Congress

Michigan’s 11th District. Dr. Anil Kumar is a surgeon, small business owner, husband and father of two, has lived and practiced medicine in the Detroit area for the past thirty years.

Dr. Kumar supports women’s right to choose their own healthcare. He is for protecting Social Security and Medicare, and ensuring that health coverage is affordable to everyone.

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Dhaval Vaishnav — candidate for Canton township trustee:

Vaishnav has lived in Canton for 21 years. During his 15 years at Ford Motor Company. Vaishnav is also president of the Temple of Canton.

His philanthropic efforts include coordinating an annual health fair geared toward Canton residents, directing youth cultural programs, organizing meal services for the needy, supervising Habitat for Humanity projects, participating in Walk for Kids, and leading a section of the Rouge River Clean up every year.

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Dr. Syed Taj — Candidate for Canton township supervisor:

A former township trustee from 2008-2012, was born in India, graduated from the Patna Medical College. He retired as chair of the Department of Medicine at the Oakwood Hospital.

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Sunil Sivaraman - Troy School Board
Sunil Sivaraman of Troy is running for Troy School Board. With a high concentration of our community members in Troy it is important to have a qualified representative.

Sunil commits to

  • Support any activity that enhances the learning experience for every student
  • Bring a unique perspective to the district, given his diverse cultural and technical background.

Please support Sunil Sivaraman on Tuesday, November 8th 2016
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Paul Talwar: Candidate for Canton Library board

An IT professional with degrees in engineering and project management has been deeply involved with Interfaith and Community Service activities in the Plymouth Canton Area.

Jane Pandit

Jane volunteers for a number of organizations. Married into a local Indian family in 1979, Jane is very familiar with the South Asian community. Jane is contesting for a spot on the Canton Library Board..

Gurunath Vemulakonda - Plymouth Canton Community School Board Candidate:

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Education: MS(Mech Engg) University of Cincinnati, MBA Ross School of Business, U of M
Occupation/Current Profession: Principal Engineer, Ford Motor Company, Advanced Rulemaking and Strategy
Board member – Arts & Scraps, Creative Academy For Excellence Michigan
Past: Wayne Mediation Center (Treasurer, President)

As a 12 year resident of Canton with two children in the Elementary and Middle schools Gurunath is passionate about paving the path for our next generation to thrive in a future where the nature of the job market is changing rapidly. He serves as a Middle School speech and debate coach as part of an after school enrichment program and have found that by providing the right environment and setting high expectations seemingly ordinary students can achieve extraordinary results. He would like to bring this passion and learning from his experiences to take PCCS schools from “good" to "great".

Girish Tiwari is running for Plymouth Canton School Board

Girish is a 16 resident of Plymouth township. A former Ford Motor Company employee Girish is a leader with 35+ years of Global management experience.

Girish will provide efficient and transparent financial management to sustain the functionality of the school system. Will commit to support teachers and administration to resolve issues quickly and achieve common goals.

An Endorsement by Chandru Acharya

I am a resident of Canton, MI and have had the delightful privilege of living in our warm and embracing township for the past eleven years. My heritage is Indian and I have had the opportunity to be a part of several South Asian American Organizations working in the areas of Civic Engagement and Civic involvement.

I write this letter to humbly express my support which echoes the sentiment of several hundred South Asian Americans from Canton, who consider Anne Marie Graham-Hudak as a capable, competent and deserving candidate to represent all of us, as a Trustee of the Canton Township.

Anne Marie has been a tall leader and a dedicated community worker. She has been a champion for civil rights, inter-faith harmony and inclusiveness in society. She has a compassionate heart to work for each one of us leaving none behind. Her background in engineering with the automotive sector, will be an asset to our Township. As residents, we all know that the Township is reeling to cope with the pressure of a growing population that is supported by inadequate infrastructure. Canton needs to preserve green neighborhoods. We also need to plan and manage our infrastructure efficiently. Anne Marie has the experience and integrity to make it happen.

Chandru Acharya

Lorie Savin for Oakland County Circuit Court Judge

Lorie Savin is an attorney practicing primarily in family law for just over 20 years. For the past 13 years, Lorie has worked for the Oakland County Circuit Court's Family Division as a Referee. Family court involves divorces, personal protection orders, paternity cases, abuse and neglect actions, and juvenile delinquency cases.

Lorie has a passion for helping families, especially children, when they are going through difficult times. Lorie has the endorsement of both the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, along with support from many community leaders, labor organizations, and members of the legal community.

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Cyndi Peltonen - State Representative for House District 41, serving Clawson and Troy.

Cyndi brings to the 41st House District a unique blend of professional experience: eight years in the corporate world, 15 years as a small-business owner and, mostly recently, 28 years in the education community. As a former school board member and teacher union representative, Cyndi has been on both sides of the table during contract negotiations. She understands the challenges and rewards teachers encounter every day, but more importantly, the true meaning of compromise. Cyndi knows from experience what it takes to get the job done and make lives better. Cyndi looks forward to representing you all as a part of the diverse Troy community.

If you are a registered voter please exercise your right to vote. will be soon publishing information on candidates.

It is important as a community to vote and be counted. In some cities our votes will likely help make a difference.

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