Momentum builds as District 43 Democratic Delegates back Kassakhian
GLENDALE – Ardy Kassakhian won 55.5% of the votes cast in San Jose over the weekend during the California Democratic Party Convention’s Assembly District 43 Caucus. Outpacing his nearest opponent by 17 points, Kassakhian emerged as the clear favorite of local Democratic leaders and activists.
The vote comes on the heels of a major endorsement by the Glendale Democratic Club, whose membership voted in an overwhelming majority – 75% – to back Ardy Kassakhian’s candidacy. Kassakhian is the only candidate who has been endorsed by regional Democratic Clubs, including Democrats for Neighborhood Action, the East Area Progressive Democrats, the Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club, and the Southern California Armenian Democrats.
The results of the Convention’s Assembly District 43 Caucus were as follows:
Ardy Kassakhian: 55.5%
Laura Friedman: 38.5%
Andrew Blumenfeld: 0%
Dennis Bullock: 0%
Rajiv Dalal: 0%
No Endorsement: 6%
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, Congressman Brad Sherman, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (Ret.), Assemblymember Ian Calderon, and Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg (Ret.).
With the official endorsement of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Ardy Kassakhian stands as the choice of working families and has earned the backing of the California School Employees Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, SEIU California, IATSE Local 80, Laborers’ Pacific Southwest Region (LiUNA!), Teamsters Joint Council 42, and the Glendale City Employees Association.
About Ardy Kassakhian
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.