ANCA-Glendale Urges Voters to Elect Better Government

Glendale Votes 2013

Voters are urged to elect candidates who support transparent, accountable, and effective government

GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale (ANCA-Glendale) on Wednesday urged Glendale voters to elect candidates who will promote a government that is more transparent, accountable, and effective.

According to the ANCA-Glendale, 3 of the 5 leading candidates for the 3 open seats on the Glendale City Council have demonstrated a stronger commitment to making Glendale City Council more accountable to the residents, improve transparency in the municipal government institutions, and promote a more effective government.

The ANCA-Glendale believes that the election of its recommended 3 candidates will sustain the efforts to make government more responsive to the needs and aspirations of all residents of the city including those of Armenian descent as well as residents who live in North Glendale and South of Glenoaks Boulevard.

“The most common theme raised during this election season has been the need to make the City Government even more transparent, accountable and effective,” observed ANCA-Glendale Chairman Berdj Karapetian.

“Ara Najarian, Zareh Sinanyan, and Chahe Keuroghelian are 3 of the 5 leading candidates who are more committed to improving transparency, accountability and effectiveness,” stated Karapetian.

Karapetian added that the field of candidates includes many whose record and actions demonstrate their commitment to making government more transparent, accountable, and effective.

The ANCA-Glendale commended Herbert Molano for his consistent efforts to make Glendale’s government more effective and responsive. Mike Mohill was praised for speaking out against practices that increase the cost of the municipal government’s workforce and utility rates. Edith Fuentes’s record of service as the City’s Zoning Administrator was cited as evidence of how the city’s management can treat all residents with fairness and respect. The ANCA-Glendale Chair indicated they were also impressed with Rick Barnes for his record of working with Armenian-American customers and business associates.

The ANCA-Glendale also praised Aram Kazazian for his years of activism in the community and efforts to maintain affordable utility rates.

The ANCA-Glendale Chair indicated that Roland Kedikian demonstrated he had many fresh ideas and positive attributes.

“Our analysis of the electorate and field of candidates leads us to conclude that Ara Najarian, Zareh Sinanyan, Chahe Keuroghelian, Laura Friedman, and Sam Engel have a greater probability of being elected to the 3 city council seats on April 2,” stated ANCA-Glendale Board member David Gevorkyan.

“From the five leading candidates, Najarian, Sinanyan, and Keuroghelian have a better record on issues of concern to the Armenian-American residents of our city and a stronger commitment to making the city government more transparent, accountable, and effective,” added long-time community organizer and ANCA-Glendale Board member Artin Manoukian.

The ANCA-Glendale has also recommended the re-election of Ardashes “Ardy” Kassakhian as City Clerk and the election of Councilman Rafi Manoukian as City Treasurer. If Measure A is defeated, Rafi Manoukian, who is not opposed by any other candidate, is expected to become the next Treasurer. If Manoukian becomes the City’s Treasurer, the newly elected City Council will appoint the person to replace him on City Council.

The ANCA-Glendale recommends a “No” vote on Measures A, B, and C. The ANCA-Glendale is opposed to Measure A because it believes an elected City Treasurer will be more accountable to the city’s residents. Measure B and C are opposed because they are not necessary and raise more issues of concern than provide a solution to the problems with some outdated portions and obsolete language in the City’s Charter.

The ANCA-Glendale has recommended the re-election of Greg Krikorian and election of Dr. Armina Gharpetian and Jennifer Freemon for the 3 open seats on the Glendale Unified School (GUSD) Board of Education.

“We appreciate the contributions Christine Walters and Joylene Wagner have made on the GUSD Board, but believe Armina Gharpetian and Jennifer Freemon will bring a perspective that is more needed to solving the issues facing the School District now and in the coming years,” stated ANCA-Glendale Board member Hilma Balaian

ANCA-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels. Close to 40 percent of Glendale’s residents are of Armenian descent.

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