The 13th Congressional District race has gathered a lot of attention, both from those inside and outside of the district. That’s mostly because it looks like the City of Detroit, which sits inside the district, may not have an African American representing it in Congress for the first time in about 80 years.
State House Representative Shri Thanedar is favored to win the 13th Congressional District seat as the Democratic candidate in the election. Thanedar told Detroit Today that, if elected, a goal of his will be to build a good relationship and work with the Congressional Black Caucus.
“45% of my district is African Americans,” says Thanedar. “And as their next congressman, if I’m so honored to get elected… it is my duty to serve this community in the nation’s capital.”
“I achieved my American dream, I need to go out and help others.” — Shri Thanedar, Democratic candidate for Congress
Listen: Why Shri Thanedar thinks he’s the best candidate for the 13th District.
Shri Thanedar is a Democrat representing District 3 in the Michigan House of Representatives. He is running for Congress in the 13th Congressional District against the Republican nominee, Martell Bivings.
Thanedar says he will fight to bring federal dollars to the district, make homeownership more affordable and pursue reparations and skills training to close the wealth gap.
“My job is to represent the people who elected me to go to [the] White House, go to the halls of Congress and fight for my community,” says Thanedar. “They’re hiring the best person the voters believe could represent them.”