Suraj Patel


Running as Candidate for

Congressional District 12

Party Enrolled in


Top Three Issues

  1. Fair Economic Recovery Post-Covid
  2. Climate Justice
  3. A Fair Share for NYC

Current Occupation

Attorney and Professor

Previous Occupation

Obama Aide, Small Business Owner, Attorney


BA, Political Science, Stanford University; MPP, Cambridge University; JD, NYU School of Law

Organizational Affiliation

New York Bar Association, The Arena, Urban Upbound, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, NRDX and Equal Justice Initiative

Prior Public Experience

Obama Campaign 2008, Obama Campaign 2012 & White House Advance Associate

Candidate Statement

My name is Suraj Patel. I live in the East Village, and I am running to represent our district, New York’s 12th, because we need new, effective leadership after 26 years of the status quo.

I am the son of Indian immigrants, for whom the halls of Wall Street and the Ivy League were shut off in the early 1960s.

Like many immigrant families, they started a business; I grew up bussing tables, filling vending machines, and doing hotel laundry to build their American Dream.

In one generation, I was able to go to college, become an attorney, and work for President Barack Obama. I am running to restore the promise of New York -- education, opportunity, and mobility -- for every family in New York's 12th Congressional District.