The Republican Party at the Connecticut Republican Convention May 11 unanimously gave the nomination for the state’s 4th Congressional District race to Indian American investment manager and GOP candidate Harry Arora.
Arora, who previously told India-West his candidacy for the seat was to help get the state back on track (see India-West article here), will challenge incumbent Democrat Jim Himes this November.
“The nomination sets me on a mission — a mission to defeat the incumbent this November,” Arora said in a CTPost.com report. “This race is not an easy race. The incumbent is entrenched. But I do intend to take the fight to him — house by house, street by street, Facebook friend by Facebook friend.”
Arora told India-West he came to the U.S. as a student with nothing and grew to found a successful business, ARCIM Advisors LLC, an investment management firm focused on commodities.
The candidate, who fought and survived cancer, has also helped with other campaigns in the past. It was his battle with cancer that led him to shift his focus from business to public service, Arora said.
Arora said he intends to bring a rigorous and candid dialogue on the issues the country and his state faces today. He told India-West that there is no vested interest in his candidacy, saying it is simply for the people.
Elaborating on his own talents versus those of his opponent Himes, Arora says he has a high standard of intellectual rigor and an ability to grasp policy. Additionally, he boasts that he is an independent thinker who listens to all but isn’t held down by special interests. Arora continued by saying he enjoys working with others to find common ground.
Arora, if elected, would likely join a growing group of Indian American members of Congress — Ro Khanna and Ami Bera of California, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois — but would be the first hailing from the East Coast.
Should Arora take over as a congressional representative, he promises to get the state economy back on track by attracting businesses to the area in key areas where it has a competitive edge, including finance, insurance and corporate.
In other news coming from the Connecticut Republican Convention, Indian American gubernatorial hopeful and Glastonbury state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan did not receive the necessary support to receive the nomination.
Srinivasan – as well as Stamford chief financial officer Michael Handler – were dismissed from contention in the opening round of votes. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton won the GOP’s nomination for the seat.