Recognizing common objectives
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.