Suraj Patel, an attorney and businessman, announced Monday that he is running against Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic primary in June, handing her another serious challenger.
Patel challenged Maloney in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles as well, coming within four percentage points of unseating her on his second attempt.
He told HuffPost that he believes the challenges facing New York City as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic toll make the need for new blood that much more pressing.
“Now more than ever, New York and this country demand a new generation of bold Democrats who are pro-growth, pro-science, pro-democracy,” Patel said.
Patel is now one of several candidates taking on Maloney with varying degrees of competitiveness. Rana Abdelhamid, a Muslim rights activist and Google employee backed by the left-wing Justice Democrats, announced her bid in April.