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.
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.