Neil patel

Neil Patel, Indian American candidate for Ohio state treasurer, is out of the race as he failed to qualify for the primary. (clintonvilleforchange.org photo)

Indian American businessman Neil Patel was hoping to run for state treasurer in Ohio, but the candidate failed to qualify for the primary.

He was among four candidates in various races who were unable to come up with the necessary 1,000 valid signatures to be put on the May primary election.

“I was a few signatures short, about 40,” Patel said in a Sunbury News report.

He said he dropped out of the race after he heard that his petition would not be certified for the May ballot.

After the Delaware County Board of Elections certified the petitions on Feb. 13, Ed Helvey, chairman of the board, said, “I have some concerns about Neil Patel’s petition,” according to the report.

After examining the petition, all four members of the board approved a motion to send the petition and their concerns to the secretary of state, it added.

Helvey told the publication the most serious of the concerns was that it appeared that Patel signed the circulator statement on two petitions that he did not witness at an event held by the Delaware County Democratic Party.

Patel said in the report that he wasn't aware of the petitions being in question from the event.

Patel had announced his candidacy for the race Jan. 27 (see India-West article here).

He had previously run unsuccessfully for state senator in 2010 and 2014.

The New York Life sales agent has said he contributed $300,000 to his campaign at the time he officially launched it.

Patel came to the United States in 1979, shortly after graduating from Gujarat University in India, according to his website.

He was campaigning on investing in education, the growth of business and rehabilitating an outdated public transportation system, his site said.

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