Ajay Raman sworn in as new County Commissioner during Novi ceremony
Raman to represent newly formed County District 14
December 16, 2022, OAKLAND COUNTY, MI. – During an intimate gathering on Thursday, December 15, Commissioner-elect Ajay Raman (D-Novi) was sworn in as the county commissioner for Oakland County’s newly established District 14, which includes the cities of Walled Lake and Wixom, and portions of Commerce Township and the City of Novi. Raman is the first Indian American to serve on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
“With all of the great things on the horizon for Oakland County, I am really excited to represent the residents of the new 14th District,” Raman said. “I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners, on both sides of the aisle, to get things done for our community. With my background in healthcare and business, I hope to bring a unique perspective to the table to continue building upon everything we already love about Oakland County.”
Justice Sima Patel, Michigan Court of Appeals District 2, presided over the ceremony. As Raman was surrounded by friends and family, Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak) and County Executive Dave Coulter also said a few words.
“Dr. Ajay Raman brings incredible passion for helping people, new energy and unique experience to the Board,” Woodward said. “His election helps our county live up to our commitment to diversity and equality by making our Board more representative of all our residents. We look forward to being his colleague and working together to achieve greater prosperity for all Oakland County residents during this upcoming term.”
Raman, an Oakland County resident since 2011, currently lives in Novi with his wife and two children. A physician by training, he has also been a small business owner of a local medical practice for the last decade. Aside from family and career, Raman enjoys serving as a board member on the largest homeowners’ association in Novi, working on environmental projects with community groups and mentoring in school programs.
“It has been a pleasure to welcome our first M.D. and Indian American commissioner, and I was happy to celebrate the historic occasion last night,” Commissioner Gwen Markham (D-Novi), whose district borders District 14 said. “Together, the two of us represent more than half a dozen communities on the southwest end of Oakland County, and I am confident that Ajay will be a great partner in bringing solutions to residents across the region.”
In 2021, the Apportionment Commission, which is made up of the full Board of Commissioners, adopted the county's 2023-2032 commission districts, based on 2020 Census data. For more information about the county’s new commission districts and to view maps, visit www.oakgov.com/boc/Pages/2023-2032-districts.aspx.
For more information about the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, please visit www.oakgov.com/boc or call 248-858-0100.