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Indian American to run for Maryland General Assembly

Dilip Paliath, chief counsel of Bob Ehrlich's, is the highest-ranking Indian in the Ehrlich administration.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2005 12:54 IST

Another Indian American, attorney Dilip Paliath, is set to announce his candidacy for the Maryland State's General Assembly.

Running from District 42, Paliath, 34, chief counsel in Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, is the highest-ranking Indian in the Ehrlich administration. He has been exploring the run since April this year and says he already has an advantage with the governor behind him.

If elected next November, Paliath, whose parents hail from Kerala, would be the second Indian in the Maryland Assembly but on the other side of the aisle from Kumar Barve, the Democratic Party's majority leader in the state assembly.

The primaries for the race are in September 2006 and the general election takes place in November 2006.

Born and brought up in Baltimore, Paliath ran for the Maryland assembly in 2002 but from a different district.

Paliath said he consulted with Governor Ehrlich and others and decided to run for one of the Delegate slots that opened because the Republican incumbent announced he would not seek re-election.

"...to compete for an open seat would be a better strategy than trying to unseat an incumbent state senator," Paliath said in his official release inviting people to the kick-off fundraiser. "Governor Ehrlich fully supports Dilip Paliath in this decision."

Paliath is married to Tracey, who is also a political appointee of the governor. She is assistant director, Baltimore city department of social services and oversees all welfare programmes. They have a 17-month-old daughter Hannah.