Jody Venkatesan has declared his candidacy for Maryland's state senate from District 13 where he and his family have lived for 13 years on the Republican ticket.
Venkatesan, 39, a United States Army veteran who is a partner and auditor with a local firm of certified public accountants, Holloway & Company, is also a small business owner of a company he founded, called Platinum Business Services.
He told India Abroad that what had prompted him to run was because "I was increasingly concerned about the rising tax burden on small businesses and the citizens of Maryland."
He was born in Endicott, New York. His father Shane Venkatesan, originally from Chennai, came to the US in 1968 and married an American who had also been born and raised in Endicott.
"I worked within the Stone Lake HOA (Home Owners Association) in my community to roll back a 30 percent increase in annual fees by firm fiscal management and cost cutting," Venkatesan said. "Through this activity, I became more convinced that I could help the entire state through a run for the state senate."