Upendra Chivukula

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Upendra Chivukula
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New Jersey Public Utilities Board Commissioner
Incumbent
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly, District 17
2002 - September 30, 2014
Mayor, Franklin Township
2000 - 2001
Education
Bachelor'sGuindy's Engineering College, India
Master'sCity College of New York, 1976
Personal
Birthday10/08/1950
Place of birthNellore, India
ProfessionConsultant, Web Team Corp.
ReligionHindu
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Upendra J. Chivukula (b. October 8, 1950) serves on the New Jersey Public Utilities Board as a Commissioner.[1]

Chivukula is a former Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 17 from 2001 to September 30, 2014. He resigned following his nomination to the state Board of Public Utilities.[2]

Chivukula also serves as county committeeman for Franklin Township, a position he has held since 1993. He has also served as mayor and deputy mayor of Franklin Township.[3] He previously served as a Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Chivukula was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey.[4] He was defeated by Bonnie Watson Coleman in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014.

Biography

Chivukula earned his B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering Guindy (Anna University) in Chennai, India and his M.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from City College of New York in 1976. His professional experience includes working as a consultant for Web Team Corp, as Chair for Rangam Consultants, Incorporated, as a Director for Siratech International from 2001 to 2004, as a Director for Compucom Global Solutions from 1999 to 2001 and as a Senior Product Planner in Microelectronics for American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T), Incorporated in 1988.[3]


Political career

New Jersey Public Utilities Board (2014-present)

Chivukula has served on the New Jersey Public Utilities Board since September 2014.[1]

New Jersey General Assembly (2001-2014)

Chivukula is a former Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 17 from 2001 to September 30, 2014.

Appointments

2014

Fox was first appointed to the New Jersey Public Utilities Board on September 18, 2014 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Chivukula served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Telecommunications and Utilities, Chair
Homeland Security and State Preparedness, Vice-Chair

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Chivukula served on the following committees:

Issues


Assemblyman Chivukula discussing a possible run for Congress

  • A133 Revises laws concerning hate crimes and bullying; establishes Commission on Bullying in Schools.
  • A845 Decreases corporation business tax minimum tax rates for new businesses and exempts certain small new businesses from payment of minimum tax.
  • A1095 Decreases certain public document copy fees to up to $0.10 or less per letter size page and up to $0.15 or less per legal size page.
  • A1626 Requires affordable housing be built to green building standards; requires Commissioner of Community Affairs to issue standards.[5]

Campaign themes

Chivukula's official website listed his main issues as economic development, education, environment and senior citizens.[6]

His answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. He did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Chivukula ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 12th District. Chivukula sought the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, but lost to Bonnie Watson Coleman.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman 43% 15,603
Linda Greenstein 27.8% 10,089
Upendra Chivukula 21.8% 7,890
Andrew Zwicker 7.4% 2,668
Total Votes 36,250
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results

Media

In this campaign ad, Chivukula describes his native country, India, as a place where one's birth determines one's quality of life, and he warns America not to follow in India's footsteps.[8]


Chivukula 2014 campaign ad

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Chivukula won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 17. Chivukula was bracketed with Joseph Egan. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He and incumbent Joseph Egan (D) defeated Carlo Dilalla (R) and Sanjay Patel (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[9][10][11][12]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 17 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Egan Incumbent 32.5% 23,763
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngUpendra Chivukula Incumbent 31.9% 23,331
     Republican Carlo Dilalla 18.8% 13,762
     Republican Sanjay Patel 16.8% 12,281
Total Votes 73,137

2012

See also: New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Chivukula ran for U.S. House in 2012, to represent New Jersey's 7th Congressional District. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[13] Chivukula was defeated by Leonard Lance in the general election.[14]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Upendra Chivukula 40% 123,057
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 57.2% 175,662
     Libertarian Patrick McKnight 1.3% 4,078
     Independent Dennis Breen 1.5% 4,518
Total Votes 307,315
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Chivukula won re-election in 2011. Chivukula and incumbent Joseph Egan ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Carlo Dilalla and Robert Mettler in the November 8 general election.[15]

New Jersey General Assembly District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Egan Incumbent 31.9% 15,165
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngUpendra Chivulkula Incumbent 31.3% 14,862
     Republican Carlo DiLalla 18.2% 8,627
     Republican Robert Mettler 18.7% 8,876
Total Votes 47,530

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Chivukula received 27,815 votes (30%), defeating challengers Salim Nathoo and Anthony Mazzola.[16] He was bracketed with Joseph Egan. [17]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Seventeenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph V. Egan (D) 29,876
Green check mark transparent.png Upendra J. Chivukula (D) 28,030
Anthony Mazzola (R) 18,023
Salim A. Nathoo (R) 16,419

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chivukula is available dating back to 2001. Based on available campaign finance records, Chivukula raised a total of $5,457,440 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[18]

Upendra Chivukula's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Jersey's 7th Congressional District Defeated $968,084
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 17 Won $875,870
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 17 Won $2,284,354
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 17 Won $665,005
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 17 Won $445,524
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 17 Won $102,394
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 17 Won $116,209
Grand Total Raised $5,457,440

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Chivukula's reports.[19]

Upendra Chivukula (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 12, 2013$58,164.74$600.00$(4,067.73)$54,697.01
July Quarterly[21]July 7, 2013$54,697.01$0.00$(2,760.30)$51,936.71
October Quarterly[22]October 8, 2013$51,936.71$0.00$(2,445.93)$49,490.78
Year-End[23]January 23, 2014$49,490.78$0.00$(394.75)$49,096.03
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$49,096.03$178,051.10$(42,657.10)$184,490.03
Running totals
$178,651.1$(52,325.81)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Chivukula's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Chivukula was defeated by Leonard Lance in 2012. During that election cycle, Chivukula's campaign committee raised a total of $968,084 and spent $954,470.[25]

2011

Chivukula won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Chivukula raised a total of $875,870.

2009

Chivukula won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Chivukula raised a total of $2,285,354.

2007

Chivukula won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Chivukula raised a total of $665,005.

2005

Chivukula won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Chivukula raised a total of $445,524.

2003

Chivukula won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Chivukula raised a total of $102,394.

2001

Chivukula won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Chivukula raised a total of $116,209.

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2014-2015

In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature will be in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.

2012-2013

In 2012, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 9, 2013. In 2013, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 13, 2014.

  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key fiscal legislation affecting the state's economy.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes concerning the protection of the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Chivukula’s endorsements included the following:[26] [27]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

2011

In 2011, Chivukula’s endorsements included the following:[28]

Personal

Chivukula and is wife, Dayci, have a son and a daughter.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, "Commissioner Chivukula," accessed November 23, 2014
  2. Nj.com, "Christie picks former Whitman official, N.J. Assemblyman for utilities board," September 18, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  6. Assemblyman Chivukula's campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 10, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblyman Chivukula-Issue Positions," accessed April 10, 2014
  8. YouTube, "We Can't Let it Happen Here," accessed April 15, 2014
  9. New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  10. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 General Assembly general election candidates," accessed April 10, 2014
  11. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  12. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 9, 2013
  13. WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
  14. NJPR "Experts on NJ Redistricting" accessed October 8
  15. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  16. Associate Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  17. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results,accessed April 10, 2014
  18. followthemoney.org, "Chivukula, Upendra" accessed August 16, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Upendra Chivukula Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Upendra Chivukula April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Upendra Chivukula July Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Upendra Chivukula October Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Upendra Chivukula Year-End," accessed April 30, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Upendra Chivukula April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  25. Open Secrets, "Upendra Chivukula 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 22, 2013
  26. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  27. Planned Parenthood NJ "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013
  28. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeanne Fox
New Jersey Public Utilities Board
2014-present
Succeeded by
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