Neil Patel, an Indian American businessman, Jan. 27 officially launched his campaign for state treasurer in Ohio.
Patel, who previously ran unsuccessfully for state senator in 2010 and 2014, will seek the Democratic nomination for the post, which is vacant due to Republican incumbent Josh Mandel unable to seek another term due to term limits.
Patel, a sales agent for New York Life for more than a decade, has said he has already contributed $300,000 to his campaign.
The candidate, who also serves as president and chair of the Federation of Indian Associations’ Central Ohio chapter, has an extensive background in business and a long history of developing new businesses throughout the Midwest, according to a campaign news release.
Patel came to the United States in 1979, shortly after graduating from Gujarat University in India, according to his website.
He intends to campaign on investing in education, the growth of business and rehabilitating an outdated public transportation system, his site said.
Having experience in a multitude of industries, including food, a beverage coffeehouse, finance, hospitality and insurance, Patel can provide Ohio with unique insight on job creation and opportunities for all, his campaign said.
He has been able to create new, and at times save, employment opportunities over a region that stretches from Chicago, Ill., to Parkersburg, W.V., it added.
"With my experience as a businessman, and my love for the country my children were born and raised in, I want to empower all people to find the same success and blessings,” Patel said on his website.
Patel will be up against Cincinnati lawyer Rob Richardson in the May 8 primary. State Rep. Robert Sprague is the only announced Republican candidate for treasurer.