Shri for 3? Ex-gov candidate opens committee for Detroit state House seat.

    Shri Thanedar | Andrew Roth
    Updated, 5:36 p.m. 8/26/19

    Shri Thanedar, the businessman who finished third in the 2018 three-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, may be setting his sights a bit lower for 2020.

    Thanedar, who recently moved from Ann Arbor to Detroit, filed paperwork with the state on Aug. 15 for a committee to run as a Democrat in an open Michigan House seat. The 3rd House District based in Detroit is represented by term-limited state Rep. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit). Thanedar had been flirting with challenging Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

    The business executive spent more than $10 million of his personal fortune on his gubernatorial campaign — which carried the slogan, “Shri for We”* — only to finish behind now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former Detroit health chief Abdul El-Sayed. Thanedar this month settled a fraud suit over the sale of his stake in Avomeen Analytical Services.

    Shri Thanedar settles business fraud suit

    The committee filing was first flagged on Twitter by Craig Mauger of the nonprofit, Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

    This post has been updated with Thanedar’s campaign slogan.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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