Washington: Satyendra Singh Huja, a Sikh
American, has been unanimously elected as the mayor of Charlottesville, a historic city in Virginia.
Huja, who originally comes from Nainital in Uttarakhand,
was elected Mayor of Charlottesville early this month.
Incidentally, Huja is the only Sikh resident of
Charlottesville, nearly 120 miles south west of Washington,
having a population of 43,000.
The other Sikhs in this city are students of the Virginia
Notably, Charlottesville is home to three American
Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
"It says a great deal about our community that someone like me can become mayor. Our community appreciates
diversity," Huja was quoted as saying by the local The Daily
"As the mayor, I will work with City Council for a future
agenda for the community," said Huja who has been elected for
the two-year term.
"I will listen to the desires and concerns of the
citizens, residents and businesses. I`m accessible 24/7 to
hear your concerns and ideas. As mayor, I will work my very
best to protect the interests of our community. I will work to
enhance the quality of life and the environment, so that
Charlottesville can be a great city, a great community for all
of its residents," he said.
According to his campaign website, Huja came to the US in
1960 and has been a resident of this city for the past 38
years. He was city`s director of planning and strategic from
1973 to 2004.
In 2007, he was elected as the City Council member.
Huja, who holds Masters in Urban Planning, also teaches
at the University of Virginia.