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Virbhadra Patel, first Indian-American to serve on Woodbridge Council

Virbhadra Patel was sworn to replace James Major as the Fourth Ward’s Councilman

New Jersey, Sep 3 (UITV)- James Major, a longtime member of the Woodbridge Township Council, has resigned and he has been replaced by the first Indian-American to serve on the Woodbridge Council.

Virbhadra Patel was sworn to replace James Major as the Fourth Ward’s Councilman just five days after Major’s resignation took the Township by surprise. Patel is reportedly very active in Woodbridge’s thriving Indian business community and he will be the first Indian-American to serve on the council.

Woodbridge is the state’s sixth-largest municipality by population, with just over 100,000 residents, a quarter of which are of Asian descent. The fourth Ward includes the Iselin and Menlo Park Terrace sections of the Township, home of the largest concentration of Asian Indians.

James Major said the position is an ideal fit for his skill level, with his background in chemical engineering and project management.

It is such an honor to be sworn in on India Square together with so many of my fellow South Asian Americans,” Patel said in the MyCentralJersey.com report.

Patel joins the Council, not after winning an election, but rather following a temporary appointment by the Democratic Party.

The Indian-American will serve until the Nov. 8 general election, at which point Woodbridge residents will get to vote for who gets to fill out the remaining term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2017.