Races to Watch on November 6
Greg Krikorian – CA State Assembly District 43
Greg Krikorian, endorsed by the ANCA-WR, is locked in a tight race with incumbent Mike Gatto (D). Mr. Krikorian has been a school board member for twelve years and has consistently attended to the concerns of the Armenian-American community while faithfully serving the diverse constituency he has represented. Conversely, over his two-year tenure, Mr. Gatto – although he received the ANCA-WR endorsement in the 2010 General Election – has failed in representing his large Armenian-American constituency. He has offered the community token attention where substantive relationship-building would have been welcomed as evinced by several attempts of a collective of community groups to meet with him. Mr. Krikorian has proven himself to be a community-oriented leader who is accessible and honest.
Chris Holden – CA State Assembly District 41
Chris Holden is a longtime city councilman from Pasadena, California. As the second longest-serving councilman in Pasadena, his breadth of experience will be a boon to all constituents in AD 41. He has consistently maintained good relations with the Armenian-American community. Earlier this month, the ANCA Pasadena hosted Mr. Holden at a town hall in the Pasadena Armenian Center. It is expected that Mr. Holden will be a strong voice for Armenian-American issues when he gets to Sacramento.
Adrin Nazarian – CA State Assembly District 46
A graduate of Ferrahian High School, former member of the Armenian Youth Federation and Homenetmen, Adrin Nazarian is steeped in the community he is now running to represent. Serving as Paul Krekorian’s Chief of Staff for many years, he has developed a deep relationship with all parts of the Valley community and he is the most equipped to be successful as a representative in Sacramento. After a tough but successful primary battle for Mr. Nazarian, the ANCA-WR is renewing its unequivocal endorsement of the only candidate in the AD 46 race who will represent the Armenian-American community.
Alan Jackson – Los Angeles County District Attorney
In the heated race to replace District Attorney Steve Cooley, the ANCA-WR is endorsing Assistant Head Deputy of the Major Crimes Division Alan Jackson over his opponent Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey in the nonpartisan race. In interviews with the ANCA-WR, Mr. Jackson was better prepared and clearly outlined the relationship he plans to have with the Armenian-American community. Likewise, he was well-versed in issues of concern to the Armenian-American community and the ANCA-WR is confident that as District Attorney, he will serve his large Armenian-American constituency and all citizens of Los Angeles justly and forthrightly.
The ANCA-WR is not offering any endorsements for state measures or propositions in any state. Although the ANCA-WR recognizes the importance of the propositions, it feels that determining their effect on Armenian-Americans would not respect the community’s socioeconomic and political diversity. Furthermore, as a non-partisan organization, the ANCA-WR does not make any endorsements in what might be construed as partisan issues.
Below are all the candidates endorsed by ANCA-WR for statewide races:
California State Senate
25 Carol Liu
27 Fran Pavley
California State Assembly
35 Katcho Achadjian
38 Scott Wilk
41 Chris Holden
43 Greg Krikorian
46 Adrin Nazarian
49 Ed Chau
50 Richard Bloom
57 Ian Calderon
58 Cristina Garcia
59 Reggie Jones-Sawyer
Los Angeles County District Attorney