The glad news is that Indian-American Community (IAC) in US supported 'Upendra Chivukula for Congress' by hosting a fund raiser on Sunday at the Royal Albert Palace in Fords. Supporting the lone IAC law maker to the 120-member New Jersey Legislature, the supporters felt that an experienced member of the community would benefit the IAC much. In his earlier stints he was a strong advocate for issues and concerns of the entire community. Going by this the IAC felt that the support would be historic.
Moreover Mr Chivukula has an orthodox track record in the political administration since long. He served in the New Jersey General Assembly for 10 years and previously as mayor (2000-2001), deputy mayor (1998-1999) and councilman (1997 to 2005) of Franklin Township, Somerset County.
About the fundraiser program the `Chivukula for Congress’, had said in its invitation that, `As the fastest-growing affluent community in the US, we do not have enough influence in Washington. This is our chance, a rare opportunity to send a seasoned and approachable member of our community to be our voice in Congress, to protect our interests, to highlight our causes, and to ensure we continually stay on the radar when important decisions are being made. As one of his primary supporters, you will get a ringside view of the action and be able to make a difference due to your direct connection to someone who cares and understands.’
`One of the few scientists in the 120-member New Jersey Legislature, he has emerged as the Legislature’s go-to lawmaker on complex technical issues. His training as an engineer and extensive work experience in utilities and telecom prior to being elected to the General Assembly in 2001, have empowered him with valuable insights and expertise.’
It may be noted that the renowned statesman shall be challenging two-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7), in New Jersey's Congressional District 7, and hopes to be the first Indian-American from the north and northeast to be elected to the U.S. Congress. His winning would mean empowerment to approximately nine million odd population of the Asian ethnicity living in New Jersey. Wishesh wishes him success in his endeavor. (With Inputs from Internet- Aarkay)