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Meet Vihal PATEL for Senate 

My name is Vihal R. Patel, and I am running for New Jersey State Senate for District 18. Being born and raised in New Jersey, I proudly refer to the Garden State as home. I'm a retired Army combat veteran with 24 years of service. I've proudly served two combat tours in Iraq with the New Jersey Army National Guard. In my personal life, I am a husband and a father of two amazing sons, who I work to support every single day. My whole life has been dedicated to service, and now I want to take my passion for helping others to offering my efforts to you, the people of District 18.

As a retired Sergeant First Class and having worked in the Army's Signal Corp, I'm honored for having the chance to join the NJ State Senate and further serve my country. Along with serving the country as a soldier, I've been fortunate enough to serve the public of NJ as a firefighter and Hazmat technician. My combined career of over 30 years as a soldier, team leader, and firefighter has instilled core values that are critical to improving the lives of residents in our district: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, and Personal Courage – “LDRSHP.”

As a Combat Veteran and Firefighter, I'm no stranger to Public Service. I didn’t know how to completely fulfill my passion for service as I grew older, but after seeing the need for true change in our district, my journey that started as a public servant when I was 19 years-old suddenly made sense. I've worked tirelessly to serve and protect the interest of my fellow Americans, and if given the chance to be your senator, I will continue to do so.

As a dedicated husband, father, and patriotic American, I see it as my civic duty to dedicate my time in serving our State and its residents with integrity. I have no doubt that I will fulfill this duty if I am given the honor of serving in office.

Very Respectfully,

Vihal Patel