Politically Correct – Jon Huntsman Honored and Sugarland City Council District 4 Harish Jajoo Campaign Kick-off for Re-Election
Never a dull moment in this city. Rain or shine Houston and Sugarland residents and prominent political officials gathered on a Wednesday evening at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce in Sugarland, Texas for the official campaign kick-off to re-elect Indian American Harish Jajoo to Sugarland City Council District 4.
More than 100 people attended this evening affair supporting Jajoo who was first elected to the Sugar Land City Council in 2011, using his experience in infrastructure and city government to modernize Sugar Land into an economic powerhouse. Elected officials like Don Smithers, Mayor Pro Tem of City of Sugar Land Bridget Yeung, Amy Mitchell, Joe Zimmerman, Himesh Gandhi, James Patterson Commissioner, Fort Bend County, Andy Meyers Commissioner, Fort Bend County, Tommy Kuykendall Mayor of Fulshear, Allen Owen, Mayor of Missouri City, and Jim Richard, Justice of Peace were all spotted shaking hands and cheering for his campaign.
In a conversation with Harish Jajoo he informed Lights Camera Action, Houston Society News that his focus for the next term would be to continue to invest in public safety, help make Sugar Land as a destination location including the start up of a Performing Arts Center, Festival grounds, and Telfair Park all in his District 4. “I would also like to emphasize on the completion of major roadway projects like University South, Dulles Road and Lexington Ave. as this will enhance the mobility all across Sugar Land and will enhance the quality of life for the residents of Sugar Land,” informed Jajoo.
Also present at the event: Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy, Sanjay Ramabhadran, Tanya Bhadra Pal, Shashi Jajoo and son Sid Jajoo, John Null, Bill Jameson, Kolbe Curtice, Asha Dhume, Vijay Pallod and many others.
It was a packed house at the Hilton Americas Downtown Houston last week, not because Lady Gaga was performing, but in honor of Jon Huntsman, Jr., recipient of the 2012 Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding. The attendees gathered to hear him speak about a changing China at the first Annual Huffington Award Luncheon hosted by the Asia Society Texas Center.
Michael Huffington, son of Roy Huffington, presented Huntsman with the award named after his father, Texas oilman and ambassador, who played a leading role in the founding of Asia Society Texas Center. Former recipients of the award include President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, James A. Baker III, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and Robert Mosbacher, Sr..
The awards luncheon was generously underwritten by ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobile Corporation, and was chaired by ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Ryan M. Lance. Overall a great afternoon with an on stage conversation with the award recipent that was conducted by Alan Crain, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Baker Hughes, as he spoke about United States-China connection as the most important relationship of the 21st century, sharing his insight on China and addressing the country’s leadership change. Following the luncheon, the governor also spoke to a group of local students on the importance of service and involvement in the political process.
“A champion of cultural diplomacy, Jon Huntsman embodies Asia Society’s commitment to connecting people, fostering dialogue, and advancing the U.S.-Asia relationship,” said Martha Blackwelder, Executive Director of Asia Society Texas Center. “From advocating for international education and foreign language study, to promoting cross-cultural communication, the governor is a leader who has played an exemplary role in furthering international understanding throughout his career.” she added.
Huffington Awards Photographs Courtesy Asia Society Texas Center