Suraj Patel

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Suraj Patel
File:Suraj Patel 2018.png Suraj Patel 2018.png
Patel in 2018
Born (1983-12-20) December 20, 1983 (age 38)[1]
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
🏡 ResidenceNew York City, New York
🏫 Education
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur, lawyer, lecturer
🏛️ Political partyDemocratic[2]
🌐 Websitewww.surajpatel.nyc

Suraj Patel is an entrepreneur, activist, attorney, and ethics lecturer at New York University Stern School of Business.[3][4] Patel is a candidate for United States House of Representatives, running in New York's 12th Congressional District.[5][6]

Education and career[edit]

Patel attended Beech Grove High School in Indianapolis, Indiana before attending Stanford University for undergraduate studies. He also completed post-graduate education programs at the University of Cambridge and New York University. Patel went on to serve on both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns.[5][7]

Patel is President of the Sun Group, a commercial real estate development organization.[2][8] He is a contributor to HuffPost, and also a contributor to Talks on Law, specializing in voting and civil rights issues, where he interviewed Samuel Issacharoff on the topic of gerrymandering.[9]

Patel was a volunteer attorney for the ACLU at John F. Kennedy International Airport during the Trump travel ban.[10]

Patel is a founding member and serves on the advisory board for The Arena, a social welfare organization that recruits and trains progressive Democratic leadership.[11] He is also a board member of Atlas : DIY, which provides support services to immigrant youth in New York City.[12][13]

2018 Congressional campaign[edit]

In 2017, Patel announced his candidacy to challenge Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney for New York's 12th Congressional District.[14] Patel, who supports legalizing marijuana and lowering college tuition costs, has cited a "generational divide" among Democrats on issues such as criminal justice, Wall Street regulation, and Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as the reason for his candidacy.[15] Patel has also stated his intention to vote to defund the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) if elected.[16] In February 2018, Patel's campaign reported raising $550,000 during the previous quarter, which was four times the amount raised by the incumbent's campaign.[2][17] He raised $1.1 million as of April 2018.[18]

In March 2018, The New York Post reported on a series of sexual statements Patel authored in 2012 in reference to a then-16 year old McKayla Maroney.[19] A month later, the New York Daily News reported that Patel was collecting a primary residence tax deduction on a home in Indiana, despite running for a seat to represent New York's 12th Congressional District. A spokesperson for Patel said that the homestead exemption was due to clerical error and added that Patel contacted the Marion County, Indiana auditor to correct the mistake.[20]

Patel's campaign has refused all corporate and super PAC campaign contributions.[21]

References[edit]

  1. Suraj Patel (20 December 2016). "20 Years of JFK Hanging by My Bedside". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Laura Nahmias (1 February 2018). "Primary challenger outraising New York's Maloney, campaign reports". Politico. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. "Attorneys Remain At JFK After Weekend Detentions Due To Trump Travel Ban". CBS New York. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. Susanna Kim (15 April 2015). "Why the IRS Won't Refund Victims of Tax Preparer Fraud". ABC News. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "A Rising" Suraj in American politics". Punjab News Express. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. James Fanelli (2 April 2018). "Wealthy NYC congresswoman earns big money through firm that boots tenants struggling to pay rent". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. Madina Toure (20 February 2018). "Can These Congressional Candidates Overthrow the Establishment?". New York Observer. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  8. Getahn Ward (30 March 2017). "SoBro site bought for Nashville's first upscale Tapestry by Hilton hotel". The Tennessean. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. "Gerrymandering: The Art of Redrawing Elections". Talks on Law'. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. "Attorneys Remain At JFK After Weekend Detentions Due To Trump Travel Ban". CBS. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. "An Ambitious New Program Wants to Support the Democratic Sugre". Wired. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  12. "Suraj Patel Running for Congress in New York's 12th District: 'New Voices, New Ideas, New Energy'". India West. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  13. Liz Robbins (22 September 2017). "Back-and-Forth on DACA Leaves Young Immigrants 'Just Dangling'". New York Times. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  14. Griffin Connolly (2 April 2018). "Rep. Carolyn Maloney Has Stake in Entity Notorious for Evicting Tenants". Roll Call. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  15. Mike Vilensky (14 February 2017). "The Millennials Shaking Up New York Politics". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  16. "It's Time to Abolish ICE". The Nation. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  17. Laura Nahmias and Lauren Dezenski (11 February 2018). "Progressives storm Democratic primaries". Politico. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  18. Dave Weigel (9 April 2018). "New York Democrat raises $1.1 million to challenge Rep. Carolyn Maloney". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  19. Campanile, Carl (2018-03-04). "Congress candidate makes 'creepy' comments about McKayla Maroney". New York Post. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  20. Jorgensen, Jillian (2018-04-11). "Manhattan congressional hopeful Suraj Patel reaps tax benefit on Indiana home". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  21. Sam Rappaport (19 April 2018). "Suraj Patel To Challenge U.S. Rep. Maloney". Queens Tribune.

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