Kassakhian in Clean Sweep of Glendale Elected Officials’ Endorcements

Ardy Kassakhian
Ardy Kassakhian

Ardy Kassakhian

GLENDALE—Ardy Kassakhian has pulled off a rare clean sweep on the endorsement front in his campaign in the 43rd Assembly District.

Thirteen of fifteen elected officials in the City of Glendale have endorsed Kassakhian, Glendale’s City Clerk. None are endorsing his opponent, City Councilmember Laura Friedman.

“Even among Ms. Friedman’s colleagues on the City Council, three are endorsing Ardy Kassakhian and none are endorsing Ms. Friedman,” said Kassakhian’s political consultant Larry Levine.

“This is a clear case of ‘listen to those who know them best.’ These local elected officials work closely with these two candidates every day and they have unanimously chosen Ardy Kassakhian as the best choice for State Assembly,” Levine continued.

“There are 17 elected officials in Glendale, including city councilmembers, school boardmembers, college boardmembers, and two citywide office holders. When you drop Ardy and his opponent from the list, that leaves 15 others. Of those, 13 are endorsing Ardy and none are endorsing Ms. Friedman. Two have opted to stay out,” said Levine.

Glendale elected officials endorsing Kassakhian include: City Treasurer Rafi Manoukian, Councilmembers Vartan Gharpetian, Zareh Sinanyan and Ara J. Najarian; College Board President Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian, Vice President Dr. Armine Hacopian, Board Clerk Ann H. Ransford, and Board Members Dr. Vahé Peroomian and Anthony P. Tartaglia; and Board of Education President Dr. Armina Gharpetian, Vice President Nayiri Nahabedian, Board Clerk Gregory Krikorian, and Board Member Christine Walters.


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  1. Arsen Danielian said:

    We all are proud of our Ardy Kassakhian. He has proven to be a true leader in our community. He is trustworthy, well educated, experienced and a dedicated servant of community. We all need to support Ardy to get elected as our new assemblyman.

  2. Jay Garabedian said:

    He needs more diversity in his endorsements. His current list of supporters will not be enough to catch up to Laura Friedman. Negative campaign ads against Kassakhian helped clinch the victory for her during the primary election and will do the same in Nov. She is backed by political donors. Unless Kassakhian can raise enough money to overtake Friedman, he will suffer another loss.