Voters in Detroit elected Shri Thanedar to represent them in Congress, reports WXYZ.
He will be the first Indian American to be in Congress from Michigan and the first non-Black representative from Detroit in 70 years.
With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, he had 71% of the vote to Republican Martelli Biving’s 24%.
“There’s a lot that we need to do in terms of closing the wealth gap, creating economic opportunities that means we need to make higher education cost free,” he said. “We need to provide skills and skills training so people can get good paying jobs.”
Four other Indian Americans already serving in Congress also appear to have won reelection.
Ro Khanna handily beat his Republican opponent Ritesh Tandon 70-30% in California’s District 17 which includes much of Silicon Valley. This will be Khanna’s fourth term in Congress after winning election in 2016.
Ami Bera is headed to his second term representing California’s District 6. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, he beat Tamika Hamilton 56% – 44%.
In Illinois, with 78% of the precincts reporting, Raja Krishnamoorthi is projected to win the District 8 race. He leads Chris Dargis 56% – 44%. Krishnamoorthi has served in Congress since 2017.
And finally with 60 percent of the precincts reporting, Pramila Jayapal is projected to defeat Cliff Moon in Washington’s District 7. Jayapal is chair of the Congressional Democratic Progressive Caucus and has served in Congress since 2017.
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