Thank you for the opportunity to serve

I want to thank everyone who voted in this election, I feel honored, humbled and grateful for your faith and confidence in me by electing me as your next city councilman for position no 3.

I also want to thank Mayor Nancy Backus; Congresswoman Kim Schrier, D-WA, Eighth District; Congressman Adam Smith; every individual and organizations such as the Valley Professional Fire Fighters, IAM District 751, the 30th, 31st and 47th District Democrats; King County Democrats; and King County Realtors, who endorsed and supported me in various capacities. Finally, I want to thank my wife, Deborah, for her unwavering support.

I am proud to see that the new council in 2020 will better reflect the diversity of Auburn and hope that all in our community will feel their voices will be heard.

To my opponent, Ken Pearson, thank you for also running. I am proud of the respectful campaigns we both ran that were based on issues and not on personal attacks. I wish you the very best.

I look forward to working with my fellow council members, the mayor, city staff and the community. We need to come up with workable solutions to solve some major issues our city is facing. There is a lot of work to be done, but I know we can accomplish great things when we work together as a community. I look forward to hearing from you and working with everyone to build a community we are proud to call home.

– James Jeyaraj, Auburn City Councilman-elect

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Letters to the Editor

Send your letters to
Tribute to my first-grade teacher, Francelle Calkins

I believe 1946 was her first year of teaching at Washington Elementary… Continue reading

Thoughts on recent tragedies | Letter to the editor
Thoughts on recent tragedies | Letter to the editor

It is impossible to ignore the tragedies we have experienced in the… Continue reading

Some good advice in the fight against infection

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding. … We live in a… Continue reading

Isn’t time to re-evaluate our conditions?

Mayor Nancy Backus‘ coronavirus emergency proclamation should serve as notice how quickly… Continue reading

Thanks for an informative talk

I’m grateful to Congresswoman Kim Schrier for holding a town hall about… Continue reading

Let’s set the record straight

A letter published in the Auburn Reporter ron Feb. 28, “Stop the… Continue reading

A good approach to car tab fees
A good approach to car tab fees

Charles Sweet’s letter suggesting analyzing and shifting budget needs before passing a… Continue reading

Stop the scare tactics, support senior benefits

There is absolutely no good reason for politicians (mostly conservative-Republicans) to scare… Continue reading

We need evidence, measures when considering car tab fee reduction
We need evidence, measures when considering car tab fee reduction

Most, if not all, state and local government programs can be tested.… Continue reading

Asking voters to support us

Mountain View Fire and Rescue is proud to provide fire and life… Continue reading

Auburn could do more to save planet

What is Auburn doing to help stop the worldwide environmental crisis? Why… Continue reading

Democratic mayors fail to silence city shootings

Frank Shiers’ political cartoon (of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Kent Reporter, Jan.… Continue reading