CD12: Chivukula plays up immigrant storyline, science background in first mail piece

The 12th Congressional District Campaign of Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) released its first mail piece of the cycle this week.

Campaign Manager Henry de Koninck said the positive, introductory mailer will hit 30,000 households in the 12th District.

“He’s lived the American Dream… Arriving from India with $8 in his pocket almost 40 years ago, Upendra worked hard to build a life any American would be proud of. Now he’s fighting to make that dream a reality for every American family.

“A scientist. An innovator. A public servant. Upendra Chivukula is a progressive problem solver. Growing up in a hut in India, Upendra Chivukula won engineering scholarships that brought him to America more than 40 years ago. He worked hard to become a successful engineer and raise a family here in New Jersey. Then he started giving back to the nation he grew to love.”

The piece also makes reference to the man Chivukula hope to replace.

“A scientist by trade – like retiring Congressman Rush Holt – Upendra will use his problem solving skills to tackle our country’s toughest challenges.”

Seen as a longshot in a Democratic Primary by insiders in a district where he landed just one of four county Democratic organization lines, Chivukula nonetheless showed the most cash-on-hand in his last Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing: $184,490; compared to Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman’s (D-15) $103,979; Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein’s (D-14) $87,337; and physicist Andrew Zwicker’s $3,914.