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Westerville Democrat plans run for state treasurer
By Bennett Leckrone Columbus Dispatch
(January 26, 2018) — A Westerville businessman plans to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer on Saturday, saying he already has contributed $300,000 to his campaign.
Neil Patel, a sales agent for New York Life for the past 14 years, says he will challenge Cincinnati lawyer Rob Richardson in the May 8 primary.
Patel also is the president and chairman of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Federation of Indian Associations, and has “an extensive background in business and a long history of developing new businesses over the Midwest” according to a release from his campaign.
Patel came to the United States in 1979, shortly after graduating from Gujarat University in India, according to his website.
According to his announcement, Patel will campaign on “investing in education, the growth of business, and rehabilitating an outdated public transportation system.”
Patel unsuccessfully ran for state senator in 2010 and 2014, losing to Sen. Kris Jordan, R-Ostrander, both times.
On the Republican side, state Rep. Robert Sprague of Findlay is the only announced candidate for treasurer.
Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel cannot seek a third term due to term limits.