Software engineer C J Jawahar enters fray in California’s Senate primaries for 4th District

Vying for seat as a Democrat.

By Deepak Chitnis

WASHINGTON, DC: C J Jawahar, a software engineer in northern California, has entered the fray on the Democratic side for the state’s 4th District, which he hopes to represent in the California state Senate.

C J Jawahar (courtesy of his campaign website)
C J Jawahar (courtesy of his campaign website)

A software engineer from Roseville, Jawahar, 48, is going up against incumbent Republican Jim Nielsen of Gerber. Nielsen and Jawahar are the only candidates for their parties so far, and under the California system, the top two candidates in the race automatically progress forward from the June 3 primary election and go straight to the general election in November.

Jawahar has lived in the US for 17 years since emigrating from India. He is a computer programmer for over 20, and is a long-time resident of California’s 4th Senate district. The area is the northern-most part of the state, with part of it bordering Oregon. It includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity Yuba, and parts of Nevada and Placer counties.

The prominent part of Jawahar’s platform has to do with water conservation. His website lists several talking points on that issue and general environmental policy, such as “Seeking moratorium on fracking in California” and “I am running to stop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan ( BDCP) in the Senate.”

“I want to be answerable to my future generations;” says Jawahar on his campaign’s website. “Hence, it is my duty to leave healthy natural resources for them. As State Senator I’ll ask the hard questions [to] ensure vital water reserves are appropriately and properly controlled and utilized to protect this vital resource for Northern California.”

Additionally, he has advocated instituting a plan to help students attend local community colleges without having an exorbitant  burden of tuition to bear, and is also trying to construct a medical school in the 4th Senate District to bring in jobs and grow the local economy.

Jawahar has served as the city of Roseville’s Transportation Commissioner since 2011, and as the Commission’s former Chair. He is also a former board member and academic liaison for the Sacramento Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

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