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Arun Jhaveri: Because Science Belongs in Congress

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ARUN-Jhaveri Portrait1v2-1000Dr. Arun Jhaveri, Burien’s first mayor, is running for the 7th Congressional District seat.

“I feel inspired to lead, using my scientific knowledge for the good of our global community,” says Dr. Jhaveri. He is a physicist and former Boeing engineer and is running “because Science belongs in Congress.”

As the campaign season gets into full swing, Arun is preparing for interviews, endorsement meetings and other critical events. Of great interest will be the candidates’ debate taking place next Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 at Kane Hall, UW. (Seats are limited to 250.

The Debate will also be streamed live – for further details:


For further information about other events, key issues, volunteer opportunities and donations, please visit Arun’s web site:



Arun’s candidacy is gathering interest throughout the 7th Congressional District. We’re reposting, below, an interview published earlier:

Former Burien Mayor Jumps Into 7th District Race

By Joe Veyera

Reprinted with Permission from the Capitol Hill Times


In 1992, Dr. Arun Jhaveri was elected as the first mayor of Burien. [Jhaveri has been a Burien resident for 45 years.]

Almost 25 years later, the former head of a city of that then had a population of around 30,000 is taking aim at a higher political office, and the chance to represent at least 20 times as many people.

In early February, Jhaveri joined the 7th Congressional District race to replace Jim McDermott in the House of Representatives. [McDermott recently announced he will retire from Congress when his current term expires in January 2017.]

“I have been very politically active — not in terms of party politics — but at the local and community levels,” he said, “because I believe in giving back to the community.”

By entering the race, he joins an increasingly crowded field of candidates… The top-two vote getters in the Aug. 2 primary will advance to the general election.

While he wasn’t quite sure at first about running for the position, he came to the conclusion that the challenges of a campaign are something he welcomed.

“I should try and try hard, and see what happens,” he said.

Jhaveri said he’s particularly well qualified for the role, citing not only his mayoral stint from 1992-98, but his time in the federal government, first with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an engineering project manager, and later with the Department of Energy as a regional technology manager.

“If you look at the current House of Representatives … only a handful of them have either degrees or expertise in science, engineering, technology and innovation,” he said.

His experience in those fields, he said, would allow him to significantly contribute in Congress in sponsoring or cosponsoring new legislation dealing with those issues. That, along with his leadership qualities and commitment to consensus building through communication, cooperation and coordination, are what he believes sets him apart from the other candidates.

“I have mutual respect for other people’s views, and I work as part of a team,” said Jhaveri, who received his doctoral degree in education leadership from Seattle University. “And that’s what we need in the U.S. Congress.”

With his federal government work, he’s also become familiar with Washington, D.C., and said there wouldn’t be a logistical learning curve.

“It’s almost like my second home,” he said, “so I know the culture, I know the area quite well.”

If elected, Jhaveri said one of his primary issues would be making sure the country addresses climate change.

“That will be one of my priorities,” he said. “To make sure that we, as a country, take a leadership role in trying to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.”

Beyond that, he said he also recognizes homelessness, affordable housing, mental health and education as other key issues on the minds of 7th District voters.

On education in particular, Jhaveri mentioned he had previously proposed renaming the “STEM” acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to “ESTEEM,” to include energy and the environment.

“I think all of these (issues) are interconnected,” he said.

And while he said Jim McDermott has done an “exceptional” job in Congress, he’s heard from some that the position needs more of a centrist.

“I do think the time has come to move a little bit to the center and get a consensus building approach, so that we can get things done and implemented,” he said.

The former Boeing engineer also said he plans on running his campaign at a very grassroots level, and does not plan to receive contributions from large donors.

“I believe in individual donors and people who will support me based on my qualifications rather than how much money I collect as part of the campaign,” he said.

Additional published articles about Dr. Jhaveri’s campaign:

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One Response to “Arun Jhaveri: Because Science Belongs in Congress”
  1. Carol says:

    Dr. Jhaveri is a voice of reason and calm good-sense, all attributes that an elected representative should emulate. Add to that, the determination to do the right thing versus the easy or politically correct thing and the public perception of law makers might rise to all time highs. No matter what party, don’t we all want our ‘leaders’ to be rational, honorable and focused on the best of us? For me, I’ve had quite enough pandering, poll-driven party-line candidates. Let’s have a quality person with real world experience and success; someone who actually wants results and cares about how that is accomplished.

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