Manoogian Wins Democratic Primary in Michigan

Mari Manoogian flanked by supporters from the Armenian community in Michigan

Mari Manoogian flanked by supporters from the Armenian community in Michigan

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (Armenian Weekly)—Mari Manoogian has won the Democratic primary for the Michigan State House of Representatives’ 40th District. Manoogian defeated Nicole Bedi with 53% of the vote. “I’m so thrilled about the way our team performed over the past few weeks,” Manoogian said. “We turned up door knocking to reach all the voters in our district. We knocked on over 16,500 doors and reached thousands of voters. I’m so incredibly proud. It’s an honor to be the Democratic nominee.”

Manoogian will face off against fellow Birmingham resident and Republican candidate David Wolkinson in the November general election for the state’s 40th House District seat held by outgoing Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham), who is term-limited.

“The Armenian National Committee of Michigan and the Michigan Armenian community are so very proud of Mari and look forward to continuing our support for her bid for State Representative,” said ANC MI chair Lara Nercessian. “She is an inspiration to young Armenians looking to run for office and an example of what hard work and dedication can lead to.”

Manoogian is a native of Birmingham, Michigan and graduate of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. While in college, she interned for then-Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.) and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. After graduation, Mari worked in the Office of English Language Programs at the U.S. Department of State.

Manoogian is a great-grandchild of survivors of the Armenian Genocide from Sepastia and Keghi on her mother’s side, and Yerzinga and Keghi on her father’s side. Manoogian attended the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Zavarian Armenian language school in Troy, Mich. for 10 years. She also participated in the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary summer conferences and was active in the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) and Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA). She is an active member of the AGBU Young Professionals in Detroit, and worked at AYF Camp Haiastan in Massachusetts and Hye Camp in Illinois.


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  1. Nazareth Samuelian said:

    Its about time i congratulate & support mary manoogian .we need widespread marketing of our reources to Armenian public about our valuable & exciting success in American community to support the Armenian political canditates .

  2. makrui kassabian said:

    congratulations is about time that Armenians enter in the political arena we have Armenian in this country more than 100 years we need to be involve more not only in America but all over were Armenians are