Shri Thanedar was born in India and came to the United States at the age of 24 by himself to work and study at the University of Akron.
He has two boys and lost their mother when they were under ten-years-old.
He has since remarried and lives with his family in Ann Arbor.
He calls himself a "progressive Democrat and a scientist."
His website lists education as his main focus.
He says Michigan needs high-paying jobs, help with boosting small business, and more of a culture of start-ups and entrepreneurships.
He supports the right to bear arms but believes we need "sensible" gun control. "America is the only developed country with such a high rate of gun violence. With 23 school shootings this year already, Michigan is not immune as we saw with the Central Michigan University shooting in March, he says."
He would like to see colleges and universities be required to inform local police every time there is a report of sexual assault and put in place strict accountability measures to ensure these reports are investigated.
His plan to fix the roads is simple, "bring local people to the table, taxing marijuana, and asking voters to approve a statewide bond issue to raise revenue for roads and bridges are just some of the concepts included in my package of ideas to fix Michigan’s infrastructure."