Greenwich Republican With Hedge Fund Background Will Challenge Rep. Jim Himes

A Republican from Greenwich with a background in hedge funds plans to run for Congress against Rep. Jim Himes this year.

Harry Arora filed paperwork to challenge Himes two days after Christmas.

“There are so many in Congress who do not even read the bills they pass – let alone understand the impact of those laws,” Arora, 48, said on his campaign website. “My real world experience allows me to be your representative who has the capacity and ability to do the job.”

Since 2012 Arora, who was born in India, has been a partner in Northlander Commodity Advisors, a London-based firm that specializes in energy trading. In 2006 he founded his own energy fund, ARCIM Advisors, after more than a decade on Wall Street including seven years at Enron, where he rose to the rank of vice president.

Himes’ 4th District, which includes most of Fairfield County, is the last congressional seat in Connecticut to be held by a Republican. Himes, who also lives in Greenwich, unseated then-Rep. Chris Shays in 2008.

Arora will be going up against the most prolific fundraiser of Connecticut’s congressional delegation. According to the most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, Himes has a campaign bank account of nearly $2.3 million.

With Arora’s candidacy, challengers have emerged in four out of Connecticut’s five congressional races. Nobody has filed paperwork yet to challenge Rep. John Larson in the Hartford-centric 1st District.

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