Ranjeev Puri, a Canton resident is running for State House District 21.
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family:Wife – Nidhi Puri, age 36
Son, R. Puri, age 4
Son, S. Puri, age 1
Dog, Romeo, age 13
Occupation:Business Development Manager – Fiat Chrysler (15 years professional experience)
Previous elected experience:Precinct Delegate, Democratic Party, 2018
Family members in government:No
Campaign website: https://www.voteranjeev.com
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
COVID-19. It is important to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in a thoughtful and scientific manner which limits the effects to our public health and our economy. I have sadly lost loved ones to COVID-19, and my wife – who is a small business owner – is experiencing first hand the devastation to our local businesses. Fighting for public health and the economy does not need to be mutually exclusive. Our state budget is estimated to face a multi-billion dollar deficit due to the economic effects of COVID-19. School districts within House District 21 in particular are already amongst the lowest funded in the state. I will fight for Michigan’s working families to find budget solutions which prioritize the values of our district.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I am running a campaign rooted in fighting for a better Michigan, which means including the voice of every Michigander and every resident of the 21st district, regardless of their background or belief. In the middle of a pandemic, we need legislators who are able to find solutions. When I look at my kids, I need to be able to look them in the eye and tell them I did everything I could to fight for their future, and the future for all of us. This starts with our education and am proud to be the only candidate endorsed by thousands of educators and education professionals across the district through the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I stand with our small businesses and am proud to receive the endorsement of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). Working families are the foundation of our district, and organized labor (UAW, AFL-CIO, Michigan Nurses Association, and many more) unanimously stand with me with their endorsement. We need a legislator that brings people from all walks of life together, and does not stick to partisan talking points. I am honored for the over 50+ endorsements of Organizations and Leaders who trust me to be the voice for the 21st district and fight for all of us.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I have always fought for change. I am proud of my work with President Barack Obama, in which I helped manage a billion dollar budget. I went on the get my MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.