Harish Jajoo’s Sugar Land Mayoral Campaign Kicks Off with a Bang

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Photos: Navin Mediwala

By Sanchali Basu

SUGAR LAND: Harish Jajoo kicked off his much anticipated mayoral campaign on Thursday, September 17th, at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. The general election for the mayoral seat will be held on Saturday May 7, 2016. The current mayor, James Thompson, has reached his term limit and cannot seek re-election.

The room was packed with friends, neighbors and well-wishers to support the fearless, conservative, experienced leader. Hard working campaign officials greeted the attendees at the entrance.  Refreshments and beverages were offered to the guests.

Jajoo, who has served on the city council in Sugar Land since June 2011 is currently serving his third two-year term. He is the first South Asian-American in the history of Sugar Land to run for mayor, even though Sugar Land has long been a center of the Asian-American and Indian-American community of Greater Houston.

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Harish Jajoo is a consulting engineer and a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He previously managed public works and engineering for the City of Houston for 29 years.  As part of the Sugarland city council, he has played an integral role in many economic development and infrastructure projects. He is also a Certified Flood Plain Manager in the State of Texas and is active in several professional and community activities and organizations.

Jajoo is a fiscal conservative who strongly favors lower taxes and disciplined spending, and is an advocate of public safety. At his campaign kickoff he said, “As a leader of the city, providing a superior quality of life to our residents has always been my priority. I aim to provide top-notch public safety, robust infrastructure, and economic development, and to make Sugar Land a destination for visitors. I am always looking to give the best value to Sugar Land’s taxpayers.”

He and his wife Shashi have lived in Sugar Land since 1985 and have two grown sons. In previous elections, he has proven that he can get the South Asian community to come out to vote.

Shashi and Harish took the center stage to thank everyone for their attendance, asked for their support and encouraged everyone to vote. He emphasized that he was running because he knows that together Sugar Land can be made an even more prosperous, friendly, and exciting place to live, work and play. As mayor, he said he would work to ensure that Sugar Land maintains a high quality of life, a business friendly environment, and an efficient road and traffic system. Mobility continues to be a major issue for Sugarland, and Jajoo said he was committed to using every tool at his disposal to get people and traffic moving across the city. The candidate went on to say his record as an engineer and on the city council are proof that he knows how to get things done, “be it infrastructure, intergovernmental agency coordination, city council considerations, maximizing capital investment dollars or interacting with citizens to explain how their money is being spent efficiently.”

He requested everyone to visit www.JajooForSugarland.com and sign up as supporters and volunteers.