One week ago tonight, American Solidarity Party Chairman Amar Patel announced that the membership had elected me to serve as their candidate in the 2020 campaign for President. Tonight, after several months–and one very intense week–of vetting vice presidential candidates, I am nominating Amar Patel.
Amar grew up in Chicago, the child of immigrants from India, who came to the United States in the 1960s. His father worked as a civil engineer for the city of Chicago and his mother worked as a union laborer in cleaning supply factory. They sponsored the immigration of many family members during his childhood and he grew up with several aunts, uncles, and cousins in his family home at once. He received Bachelor’s Degrees in Math, Chemistry, and Psychology and a Master’s in Education from the University of Illinois. After meeting his wife at the Newman Center during college they moved to the Chicago suburbs where they have been teachers for the last 20 years. They have two children in high school.
Amar has spent years on many committees for school and curriculum development, given talks at state conferences, worked on several church councils, and organized major speech competitions. He has coached speech team, math team, tennis, golf, soccer and basketball. He serves his community through the Knights of Columbus and other local organizations. He is a published novelist, lead singer for a band, member of a competitive softball team, but his passion is in building community and bringing people together.
Party rules give challengers 48 hours to run against Amar, but I doubt any challenger might appear. Amar is well respected by those who know him. I am thrilled to have Amar as my running mate.