Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shawn Lowe Desai Announces Candidacy for House District 47

A Howell man who has been a lifelong resident of Livingston County will seek the Democratic nomination for the 47th House seat.

Shawn Lowe Desai filed nominating papers on Tuesday (April 18, 2012) with the Livingston County Clerk’s office for the seat currently held by Republican Cindy Denby.

"As someone who was born and raised in Livingston County, I feel a deep loyalty and responsibility to spending my life and career improving the quality of life in the county which has given so much to my family and me," Desai said.

"My family, which has had five generations living and working in Howell alone, is spread throughout Livingston County and includes teachers, doctors, farmers, businessmen, and township trustees who keep me intimately informed about affairs in the county so that I can understand how our county works and how the state Legislature can be a better partner in improving the quality of life here.

"These deep connections will help me use the power of the office of state representative effectively so that the full influence of Livingston County is leveraged to affect decision-making in Lansing.

"I expect the votes I make and the bills that I craft will reflect and reinforce the Livingston County values of fairness, responsibility, and freedom. I pledge to do everything in my power to restore and develop Michigan’s status as a manufacturing powerhouse and a leading maker of goods and services.

"We in Michigan, and especially in Livingston County, are a vibrant and talented community and we have tremendous potential. We can tap this potential effectively if, as lawmakers, we provide for first class Michigan schools so that a student who attends a school in Howell, Fowlerville, Hartland – or anywhere in Livingston County – truly understands how the world works and how they can be successful in it."

Desai has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University. As a Michigan State student, Desai studied economic policy in several Japanese cities, including Kyoto, Tokyo, and Otsu. From 2011 to March of this year, he worked at Recellular, Inc., a Dexter company that recycles used cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program and for Hopeline which is a domestic violence outreach program. He currently works as a production worker at TRW Automotive, Fowlerville.

"I am proud to be playing a small part in Michigan’s resurgent automotive business. The industry has a long history in Michigan and has a major role in our nation’s economic recovery," he said.

Desai attended Brighton Area Schools and graduated from Detroit Country Day High School. As a student, Desai received the AP Scholar Award, the Mathematical Association of America's achievement award as a finalist in the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition, the certificate of merit from the American Association of Teachers of German in April 2005, and a certificate of honorable merit Summa Cum Laude from the American Classical League for outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam.

He has worked and volunteered at Southwest Elementary School in Howell and attends the First Presbyterian Church in Howell. He is single.

People wishing more information about Desai’s campaign may contact him at

The 47th House District is made up of the city of Howell and the townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Tyrone, Handy, Howell, Oceola, Hartland, Iosco, Marion, and Unadilla.

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