Pradip “Peter” Kothari's name lines Oak Tree Road, sandwiched between two elephants that stand for the GOP.His name gracesfliers on a few telephone poles, a sign on his front lawn, and the bumpers of his family's cars. It's almost as if the mark he made on the community over the last decade is official now.
Never one to shun attention, Pradip rises to the occasion, surrounded by a trusty entourage of young men who advise him on what to say, what to write, what to wear. On June 4,2001, he sends a form letter to all the reporters who have been calling him for years: “My candidacy for Freeholder of Middlesex County, NJ, as a Republican is indeed a very bold and historic step for both our community and myself. My victory will write a glorious chapter in the annals of the rapidly growing talented and resourceful Indian American Leaders. With the pen and the power of the pen behind you, I feel it will contribute immensely in educating the voters and mobilizing support for myself.”