Manoukian Leads Effort to Defeat Primary Measure

GLENDALE–The Glendale City Council Tuesday voted 5-0 to halt discussion on a proposed change to the electoral process–which could have instituted a primary system for municipal elections. The effort against the measure was led by Glendale City Councilmember Rafi Manoukian.

In an effort to narrow a large field of candidates–Glendale Mayor Ginger Bremberg suggested a primary system. Manoukian–in turn–suggested a district system.

The main impetus behind Manoukian’s opposition to the primary system was that the system did not need to be changed.

Now it will be up to Glendale residents to petition for a measure on the ballot. This effort would need about 12,000 registered voter signatures.

Also during Tuesday’s City Council meeting–Manoukian proposed to adjourn the meeting in memory of His Holiness Karekin I–Catholicos of All Armenia’s.

The motion–made at the beginning of the meeting–was embellished by a tribute to the late Catholicos by Manoukian.

In his remarks–Manoukian emphasized the importance of Karekin I’s contributions to the Armenian nation’s spiritual and national well being.

The meeting adjourned in memory of the late pontiff.

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