Michigan State Rep Padma Kuppa, gets important endorsement in run for State Senate

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Michigan State Rep. Padma Kuppa running for state Senate. Photo: Padma kuppa campaign

Michigan State Representative Padma Kuppa, who is running for the State Senate from District 9, was endorsed by Emily’s List, a leading Democratic PAC that supports women for public office.

“I am excited to announce I have been endorsed by Emily’s List, a national organization that supports pro-choice, Democratic women,” Kuppa announced in a fundraising appeal July 11, 2022.

“The Emily’s List team has been there for me from the start, encouraging me when I was thinking of running for office in late 2017, and helping me at every step since then. I am extremely grateful for their continued support of my campaign,” she added.

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Kuppa, 57, a mechanical engineer by training, is the first Indian-American to be elected to the Michigan State House. She is now making a bid for the upper chamber.

She has been representing the 41st District in the State House, which includes the cities of Troy and Clawson. A community organizer, Kuppa, who is a Hindu, is a founding member of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, and has served as President of the Troy Historical Society.

In 2018, she was elected to the House and then re-elected in 2020.

Kuppa is a shoe-in for the Democratic primaries scheduled for August 2 as there is no other Democrat challenging her for the Party’s endorsement in the State Senate race from District 9. She faces off on November 8, against Republican Michael Webber.

Michigan State Senate District 9 is currently represented by Democrat Paul Wojno who leaves office due to term limits that are in place in Michigan and allow those elected to be in office for a maximum of two four-year terms. State Senate District 9 encompasses Rochester, Rochester Hills, Western Sterling Heights, Troy, Utica and the southern most parts of Oakland and Shelby Townships.

About the support from Emily’s List, Kuppa said, “We share important values: protecting women’s rights, their privacy in medical decisions, ensuring every person has access to essential health care, and leaving the world a better place for our children.”

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