Rec­og­niz­ing com­mon ob­jec­tives

Stamford Advocate - - Opinion - HARRY ARORA Harry Arora was the Repub­li­can can­di­date for Con­necti­cut’s Fourth Con­gres­sional District in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. He lives in Green­wich.

I have been for­tu­nate in my life in hav­ing been given op­por­tu­nity. Ear­lier this year, I was blessed with the op­por­tu­nity to be the Repub­li­can can­di­date for U.S. Congress for our Fourth Con­gres­sional district. With pas­sion and vigor, I spent the last 10 months mak­ing a case of how I would rep­re­sent our district with new ideas and new en­ergy. I trav­eled around our district, met and spoke to so many in our com­mu­nity and dis­cussed how we can bring change. On Elec­tion Day, our con­stituents spoke and de­spite re­ceiv­ing 106,000 votes I lost this race to Con­gress­man Jim Himes. I con­tacted Con­gress­man Himes, con­ceded, and con­grat­u­lated him on his vic­tory.

From the out­set, our cam­paign was about bring­ing new ideas and new en­ergy to solve the prob­lems faced by our com­mu­nity. I can look back and say I am proud of what we achieved. We ran a strong cam­paign fo­cused on is­sues and so­lu­tions. Through ac­tive dis­cus­sion and de­bate over so­cial me­dia and in per­son, we rig­or­ously dis­cussed so many im­por­tant is­sues. We put for­ward a frame­work to make health care af­ford­able, em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of tar­get­ing higher eco­nomic growth through in­vest­ment and sug­gested com­pro­mise so­lu­tions to im­mi­gra­tion. We dis­cussed at length how our val­ues and our na­tional in­ter­ests should de­fine our en­gage­ment with other coun­tries after giv­ing prag­matic con­sid­er­a­tion to the lever­age we may have. We had our en­tire com­mu­nity in­volved in this di­a­logue on Face­book and Twit­ter.

As Con­gress­man Himes em­barks on his sixth term to rep­re­sent our district I wish him all the best. I am con­fi­dent that he will rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of all of us — those who voted for him and those who did not. I pledge my sup­port and of­fer my as­sis­tance. We share the end goals of so­cial and eco­nomic pros­per­ity for every­one in our district and I am fully com­mit­ted to help­ing him any way I can to achieve those goals.

I do not have enough words to thank every­one on my cam­paign and all my sup­port­ers. I could not have taken on this chal­lenge with­out your help. You be­lieved in me and you gave me so much. In par­tic­u­lar, I could not have done this with­out my part­ner in life, my wife Nisha Arora who was the heart of this cam­paign. For last 15 years she has been a part­ner in all my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional en­deav­ors and I am blessed for hav­ing her in my life. I also thank Craig Jones who took on so much in this cam­paign and who I can now trust as a close friend. There are so many oth­ers who sup­ported me with so much warmth and I look for­ward to reach­ing out to each one of you in­di­vid­u­ally to thank you.

I started on this cam­paign with a sin­cere de­sire to serve the pub­lic good. This ex­pe­ri­ence has only re­in­forced my com­mit­ment and I am con­fi­dent that a new op­por­tu­nity to do so is around the cor­ner.


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