Becomes Fist Member of Congress representing the District to Endorse
GLENDALE—Ardy Kassakhian on Thursday announced that Congressman Brad Sherman has endorsed his campaign for Assembly District 43. Sherman has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997 and represents the San Fernando Valley, including portions of Burbank that are in Assembly District 43.
“Ardy Kassakhian has dedicated his life to fighting for good jobs, quality schools and safe streets in all our neighborhoods,” stated Congressman Brad Sherman. “In the Assembly, Ardy will fight tirelessly to keep film and TV production jobs right here in the LA area, to strengthen our economy, and support the middle-class communities hurt by the loss of Hollywood production jobs to other states.”
Sherman is the third member of Congress to endorse Ardy Kassakhian, joining Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who serves as a Senior Whip in the Democratic Caucus, and Congressman Frank Pallone, who is the Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Sherman currently sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Financial Services, and previously served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.
Calif. Secretary Of State Alex Padilla Endorses Kassakhian
Last week, Kassakhian announced that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has endorsed his campaign for Assembly District 43. Padilla served in the California State Senate from 2006-2014.
Padilla is the third statewide elected official to endorse Ardy Kassakhian, joining State Treasurer John Chiang and State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson.
“I’ve known Ardy Kassakhian for years now and I am proud to support Ardy for Assembly,” stated California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “Ardy is committed to building stronger, safer neighborhoods. As City Clerk, Ardy was a leader in saving taxpayer dollars by adopting more efficient, environmentally friendly reforms.”
Jackie Goldberg Endorses Kassakhian
Earlier this week, Kassakhian also announced that former Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg is supporting his campaign for Assembly District 43. A teacher by profession, Goldberg has served on the Los Angeles City Council and was the president of the Los Angeles School Board. She was a founding member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus.
“From supporting full and appropriate funding for public education to protecting our environment and natural resources, I know we can count on Ardy to be an advocate for opportunity, equality, and fairness,” said Jackie Goldberg. “Ardy Kassakhian is the best choice for Assembly.”
Jackie Goldberg’s endorsement comes on the heels of growing support from Democratic clubs in the region, including Democrats for Neighborhood Action and the East Area Progressive Democrats.
Ardy Kassakhian has demonstrated broad community support. Since launching his campaign last year, he has raised more than $470,000 and received endorsements from State Treasurer John Chiang, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson, and a growing coalition of labor unions, including the Los Angeles Police Protective League, IATSE Local 80, Teamsters Joint Council 42, Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36, and the Glendale City Employees Association.
Ardy Kassakhian grew up and attended public schools in Glendale. He was first elected Glendale City Clerk in 2005. As Clerk, he has reduced government waste by introducing environmentally sound practices, made election information easier to access and worked to increase voter participation. Ardy graduated from UCLA and the Executive Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife Courtney and their young son in Glendale.
Ardy Kassakhian is running to represent Assembly District 43, which includes the communities of Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The primary election will be held on June 7, 2016. To learn more about Ardy Kassakhian, visit his website at www.ArdyforAssembly.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.