Farhad Khan

Farhad Khan, an Indian American Selectman in Middlebury, Vermont, has said he will seek approval to stay on for three more years. (Farhad Khan/Facebook photo)

An Indian American in Middlebury, Vermont, has announced his plans to run for a three-year term for the Select Board.

Selectman Farhad Khan said he will run for the post to which he was appointed last March, which would result in a full three-year term.

Khan immigrated to the U.S. from India in the 1990s and comes from a business family. He earned his living selling newspapers and magazines in New York City.

Khan is seeking a second term on the Select Board and, according to Sun Community News, he said he is working on stimulating more business development in town. He also wants to change the perception that Middlebury is elitist and unfriendly to business, the report said.

“I had the honor of serving on Middlebury Select-Board for the past one year,” he said in the report. “I am up for reelection for a three-year term and I am asking for your continued support.”

Khan is best known to local residents as the hard-working owner of Middlebury’s One Dollar Store on Court Street, near the Hannaford-T.J. Maxx shopping plaza, the publication said.

He has been part of the Middlebury community for more than two decades and said it is his duty to serve it “in a matter that makes a real difference,” according to the report.

“I am passionate about our local economy, a thriving business community, safe streets, better parking situation in downtown and much, much more,” he said.

Among the issues he is most passionate is stimulating new business and job opportunities in the city.

Khan and others are currently talking with mid-level department store chain officials, several in the Midwest, to see if they are interested in expanding their business to Addison County’s shire town, the report said.

Khan, who describes his personal politics as “middle-of-the road,” is a member and leader of Vermont’s Islamic-faith community. He said he firmly believes in America’s history of religious freedom and tolerance, the report added.

“When you’re an outsider, you really don’t appreciate the complex things the town has to deal with, such as the ongoing railroad project,” he said in the report. “It is a big undertaking that has a snowball effect.”

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