Indian American community!
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
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.
— 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.
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.
Syed Taj — Candidate for Canton township supervisor:
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.
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
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.
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
Vemulakonda - Plymouth Canton Community School Board Candidate:
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
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".
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.
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
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.
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
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.
For more information visit
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.