Indian American financial accountant Dimple Ajmera has advanced to the general election for the Charlotte, N.C., City Council’s at-large seat with a fourth-place finish in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary election.
Ajmera just made it to the November election, with the top four finishers of the election advancing to the next phase.
Also moving on to the general election were incumbent James Mitchell, first-time candidate Braxton Winston and another incumbent, Julie Eiselt, taking first through third, respectively.
Another incumbent, Claire Fallon, finished sixth in the at-large race, failing to advance to the November election. Other unsuccessful candidates seeking a spot in the at-large position were Jesse Boyd, Roderick Davis and Ryan McGill.
Ajmera, who was appointed to the District 5 seat in January (see India-West article here) is the first Indian American on council.
The candidate, in being named to the seat, agreed not to seek re-election, though she drew the ire of some councilmembers who voted her into the seat when she announced she would seek election for the at-large post.
Ajmera, according to a Charlotte Observer report, is probably best known for a comment she made this summer saying, “Republicans that are supporting Trump, they should have no place on city council whatsoever or in the mayor’s race.”
The comment led to a backlash from local Republicans, though she stood strong on her comments, the report said.
Ajmera said she has worked to make progress on redeveloping Eastland Mall and wants to do more to encourage businesses to relocate to east and west Charlotte.
She said the city could change its economic development grants to steer companies toward struggling areas of the city, according to the report.
Ajmera immigrated with her family to the United States from India when she was 16. She graduated from Southern High in Durham and then the University of Southern California.
The Indian American most recently worked at TIAA in University City. During her stint there, from 2011 to 2017, she was the project manager of asset management technology and program manager of finance, actuarial and corporate functions technology. She has also worked as the investment management account manager at Yardi and lead tax consultant at Deloitte.
She has also served on the Charlotte Housing Authority board since January 2015 and founded the Tansen Ajmera Scholarships fund in 2011, providing financial assistance to students at various educational institutions.