Debbie Poochigian May Run for State Assembly

FRESNO–Debbie Poochigian is weighing the possibility of running for California State Assembly.

Poochigian is an active volunteer. Prior to raising her three children–she was a middle school teacher and a coach. A native of Fresno County–Poochigian’s family has farmed in the San Juaquin Valley since the early 1900s.

Poochigian is the wife of State Senator Chuck Poochigian and daughter of Fresno County Supervisor Deran Koligian.

She has been involved in leadership positions in numerous political campaigns including those of former Governor George Dukmejian and Pete Wilson–Bruce Herschensohn–and Attorney General Dan Lungren.

She also served as a 17-county regional chair for President Bush’s campaign in 2000 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000 and 1996. She has held leadership positions with the California Republican Women–Federated.

Debbi Poochigian is a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Agnes Medical Center and the Armenian Community School of Fresno Foundation Board.

She has served as a member of the board of directors of the Fresno Area Crime Stoppers and the Fresno County and City Historical Society.

She is also a member of the Fresno County Farm Bureau and California Women for Agriculture.

She has been the chair for a number of civic–charitable and church programs and projects. In the past–she was a little league coach–Girl Scout leader–and Sunday School Superintendent.

Poochigian said–"I have had a strong interest in public policy for many years. I have been involved in numerous political and civic campaigns.

State Assemblyman Mike Briggs (R-Fresno) has indicated that he is exploring a run for Congress. If he vacates his Assembly seat–I will give serious consideration for running for the State Assembly."

"There are so many issues in state government about which I care deeply. I would enjoy the opportunity to participate in efforts to improve our educational system–address the very serious deficiencies and challenges in health care–and to work hard on matters that deal with California’s vital agriculture industry and equitable treatment of the San Juaquin Valley–from transportation and economic development to education and criminal justice."

Legislative district boundaries are currently the subject of redistricting hearings in Sacramento. If approved–a proposal for the 29th Assembly District would result in a district that includes much of Fresno and Madera Counties.

The current 29th AD includes Fresno and the Tulare Counties. Candidates for State Office will run in newly drawn districts in the primary election in March–2002.

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