The Daily Tar Heel: What is it like to be the first Indian-American legislator elected?
Jay Chaudhuri: I’m excited about serving in the N.C. General Assembly. My parents immigrated from India more than 50 years ago, and they moved to North Carolina in 1972. One of the things that I believe is true is that the love that my parents have for the state of North Carolina comes from the fact that our state has long had progressive leadership that is, leaders like former Gov. Jim Hunt, that have taught us that it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white or brown or whether you come from the business community, government or university, that we best work together.
DTH: How will you represent your community?
JC: I’d say specifically one of the things that I think is important is that any legislative body have a diverse set of perspectives. And I think that’s why it’s important to have people of all different backgrounds, races, gender or sexual orientation to be in the General Assembly, so we can have a debate about public policy issues that are important to our state with the folks that have different perspectives. Certainly, I believe that I have a unique perspective, and I intend to share those perspectives in order to work on those public policy issues.