Southern California Armenians Unite for Katcho Achadjian’s Bid for Congress

Left to right: Frank Melkonian, Vahe Yacoubian, Honorable Walter Karabian, Esq., California State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Honorable Judge Dikran Tevrizian, Berj Boyajian, Esq. Harry Nadjarian and Charles Ghailian
Left to right: Frank Melkonian, Vahe Yacoubian, Honorable Walter Karabian, Esq., California State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Honorable Judge Dikran Tevrizian, Berj Boyajian, Esq. Harry Nadjarian and Charles Ghailian

Left to right: Frank Melkonian, Vahe Yacoubian, Honorable Walter Karabian, Esq., California State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Honorable Judge Dikran Tevrizian, Berj Boyajian, Esq. Harry Nadjarian and Charles Ghailian

BEVERLY HILLS—On February 24, 60 distinguished Armenians gathered in support of State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian’s bid to represent the 24th District of California in the United States House of Representatives. The event raised more than $75,000.00 for the campaign.

The Honorable Judge Dikran Tevrizian, the Honorable Walter Karabian, Frank Melkonian, Charles Ghailian, Berj Boyajian, Esq., Vahe Yacoubian, Esq., and Harry Nadjarian, who had joined efforts in support of Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian’s Congressional bid, hosted the event.

Vatche Fermanian, Antranik Sinanian, Nicholas Nadjarian, John Simonian, Haig Tacorian, Albert Boyajian, Haig Kelegian, Berdj Karapetian and Yervant Demirjian were co-hosts.

“As active members of the Armenian community and seasoned professionals in law, business, philanthropy and more, these individuals — Democrats and Republicans alike– have taken careful note of Assemblyman Achadjian’s significant contributions to the Armenian community worldwide and concluded that he deserves the support of all Armenians in his quest to represent them in Washington D.C” said one of the young professionals attending the fundraiser.

“It is both humbling and energizing to have the support of Armenians across the political spectrum. Their generosity and support is overwhelming” said State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian

In 2013, Katcho helped lead a delegation of California State officials, including the Speaker of the Assembly, on a week-long mission to Armenia, drawing the attention of the State’s decision makers to Armenia’s culture, history and political conditions. This was the first such visit by a Speaker of the Assembly in the history of California, while in office.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Katcho for many years. His accomplishments are a source of pride for Armenians everywhere, especially when one notes his success with a non-Armenian electorate. He has come very far and now it’s our duty and pleasure to help raise one of our own to the next level,” said Harry Nadjarian.

“Katcho has all the skills of an effective leader and will achieve success on a national level. Therefore, we must unite in our efforts to get him elected,” continued Nadjarian.

Assemblyman Achadjian faces a tough race for Congress with eight opponents. Armenians make up less than one percent of the congressional district for which he is running (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and part of Ventura Counties).

“With an impressive lead in two recent polls, our support will go a long way in helping Katcho get his message to every corner of the congressional district. We urge everyone to join us in this effort,” stated retired Judge Dikran Tevrizian, one of the hosts of the event.

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