Harry Arora plans to contest Congressional seat in Connecticut

Indian American and an investment firm founder Harry Arora, 48, has filed paperwork on December 28th with the Connecticut state to register as a candidate, seeking the Republican nomination to run against Jim Himes, an incumbent, a Democrat representing the 4th Congressional district in the state of Connecticut.

Arora in a statement Friday said the central tenets of his platform will be “… to protect our freedoms, to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society and ensure that we remain a land of equal opportunity for every American.”

In 2012, Arora co-founded Northlander Advisors, an investment firm with a focus on European energy, which he still runs. Arora lives in town with his wife and three children. He has never run for political office before.

“My understanding of economics and policy framework will allow me to propose thoughtful policies to reverse the harm being inflicted by current policies,” Arora said in the statement. “After a successful business career, I want to serve the public cause. I consider that my duty. I have been blessed with the American dream. Now it is my turn to give back and serve.”

According to a report, Arora criticized both Himes and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying that their policies have failed Connecticut and on his website he criticized the Affordable Care Act claiming that “he will propose policies to lower health care costs and provide more consumer choice.”

He also said that “recent policy has ‘attacked’ the state financial services and insurance industries instead of attracting entrepreneurs and jobs.”

“There are so many in Congress who do not even read the bills they pass – let alone understand the impact of those laws. My real world experience allows me to be your representative who has the capacity and ability to do the job,” Arora says on his website.

“I worked as a portfolio manager and analyst for 20 years studying and investing in macro markets. Through this experience, I gained an understanding of government policy and its impact on economy, employment and living standards. I learned in great detail about our fiscal and monetary policies. I came to understand the impact of immigration, employment trends and industry structure. This experience has given me an appreciation of how incentives are critical for the success of a system,” he adds.

According to his website, Arora is a first generation American, who emigrated to the U.S. as a graduate school student from India. “I still remember the day when my flight landed and I realized that I did not know a single person in the entire country,’ he sates on his website.

“While I came to this country alone, from the day I arrived, I was the beneficiary of the generosity of Americans. Strangers became friends and partners. One such friend, Nisha, became the special person of my life in my American journey. Nisha and I are blessed with three children who are the love of our lives.”

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