- The physician and small business owner put up a good fight trailing by just 1,1884 votes.
Indian American Republican Dr. Ajay Raman lost his maiden run as mayor of Novi, Michigan, to incumbent candidate Bob Gatt. Raman put up a good fight, trailing behind Gatt by just 1,1884 votes. In the final tally, Gatt received 6,883 votes to Raman’s 5,699.
“It is hard to begin to put into words how thankful I am for our Novi community,” Raman wrote in a Facebook post. “We came up short last night, but everyone who helped uplift our campaign over the last several months can take comfort knowing we have so many things to be proud of. Some folks were guessing this race would be a blowout, and they could not have been more wrong.”
Noting that this is the first time “a challenger to a sitting Novi Mayor was able to win 6 precincts outright, and came close to winning 3 more by just a handful of votes,” Raman said “that is no easy feat, and the credit goes to our supporters who helped us create the most successful grassroots campaign in the history of Novi.”
Raman and his wife moved to Novi a decade ago as they were drawn to the city’s “cultural diversity, community programs, and abundant green spaces.” The couple raises their two kids in Novi, where Raman owns a medical practice.
He previously completed the Novi Ambassador Academy, which gives community members direct exposure to the inner workings of our various city departments and also continues to advocate for residents as a long-time board member of a 266-unit homeowners association.