The state of Washington’s 7th Congressional district now has a second Indian American candidate.
Arun Jhaveri, formerly the mayor of Burien, Wash., from 1992 through 1998, announced Feb. 3 his intentions to run for the seat.
Burien had just become an incorporated city, and Jhaveri served as its first mayor. As mayor, he helped designate Burien as a sustainable community and developed the First City Comprehensive Plan that incorporated Burien citizens’ priorities, consistent with the state’s Growth Management Act.
The 7th district encompasses much of Seattle, as well as Vashon Island and portions of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Burien and Normandy Park.
Why is Jhaveri now running for Congress?
“Because of my 45 years of combined professional work experience and community/public service in the inter-related areas of energy, environment, climate change, sustainability, urban governance leadership, science, technology, innovations, K-12 and higher education, international relations, and policy, program, projects management in the public/government, private/industry, academic and community sectors of the economy,” Jhaveri told India-West in an e-mail.
In addition to his time as mayor, the politician served as regional manager of the Federal Energy Management Program at the U.S. Department of Energy and ambassador at The Pacific Institute. He also has served as senior energy adviser and certified sustainable development professional at Arun Jhaveri and Associates.
“My unique qualities of successful public service leadership with direct hands-on experience as a scientist, engineer and technologist will help fill in the current big void of science-oriented Congresspersons in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington,” Jhaveri asserted.
He added that his experience as the science and technology adviser in the city of Seattle mayor’s Office of Management and Budget from 1977 through 1979, developing an urban technology strategy, has become a replicate model for many urban governments.
Issues that Jhaveri intends to work on in Washington, D.C., if elected, include local, regional, national and international values and policies, such as urban and suburban homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, criminal system reforms, transportation and urban growth, among many others.
“I will be prioritizing these issues, based on my regular interactions with the voters in the 7th Congressional district and our Washington state Congressional delegation, in order to be realistic, practical and achievable objectives,” Jhaveri noted, adding he is convinced no more than two or three issues he plans on working on will become realities no matter who is president and which party is the majority.
Jhaveri plans to accomplish his goals by using the “triad principles of sustainable development,” which are economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social justice, he said. Additionally, he will utilize an “open and transparent public decision making process, using the five ‘C’ principles of communication, coordination, concurrence, compromise and consensus.”
He feels those methods will help with critical issues such as the Paris Global Climate Change Agreement’s implementation in the U.S. and abroad, the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and the U.S. policy to fight and destroy the Islamic State terror group.
“The above-listed tasks may sound challenging or unachievable, however, I … am ready and excited to take these responsibilities to Washington, D.C.,” said Jhaveri.
Jhaveri earned his bachelor’s in engineering physics from the University of Washington, his master’s in atomic and molecular physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his doctorates of education and philosophy degrees in educational leadership and sustainability from Seattle University.
Also running in the election is Indian American Pramila Jayapal, who recently announced she is moving on from her post as Washington state Senator to run for the 7th Congressional district seat being vacated by the retiring Jim McDermott (I-W Jan. 26, 2016 http://bit.ly/1QANd2p).
The primary election for the seat is Aug. 2, with the general election scheduled for Nov. 8.