Eight Armenian Americans File for April 5 Glendale City Council Elections

GLENDALE–(Glendale ANCA)–City Hall was buzzing with campaign talk late Thursday afternoon as candidates stopped by to turn in their nomination papers. Only City Council–College Board of Trustees–and City Treasurer candidates were required to meet the 5:00 pm deadline Thursday. Glendale School Board and City Clerk candidates are given until February 1st to finish filing. Nevertheless–numerous candidates were present from both City Clerk and School Board races–getting their own completed paperwork out of the way.

As of 5:00 pm–20 of the 25 candidates for City Council had completed their paperwork and petitions. Among those who have completed paperwork is Anahid Oshagan–the only Armenian-American woman running for City Council as well as Ara Najarian–current member of the Glendale College Board of Trustees. Also among the 20 names were all three City Council members who are up for re-election: Mayor Bob Yousefian–Frank Quintero and Dave Weaver. Numerous candidates had started their campaigns for the 4 open city council seats prior to the filing deadline–hosting campaign kick-off parties and starting campaign websites. The fourth lowest vote getter in the April 5th election will be elected to complete the final two years of former Councilmember Gus Gomez’s term–who left the seat on January 3–2005 after being elected Superior Court Judge for Los Angeles Country. Gus Gomez’s wife–Glynda Gomez is one of 20 candidates competing for the open seats. The complete list of candidates (in alphabetical order) includes: Vrej Agajanian–Aram Barsoumian–John Drayman–Hovik Gabikian–Glynda Gomez–Shirley Yap Griffin–Chahe Keuroghelian–Joe Mandoky–Larry Miller–Ara Nadjarian–Richard Seeley–Pauline Field–Garry Sinanian–Anahid Oshagan–John Stevenson–Odalis Suarez–David Weaver and Bob Yousefian.

All three current members of the College Board of Trustees who are up for re-election filed their paperwork. In addition to the three current members–Linda Sheffield also filed her papers. Ms. Sheffield’s entrance into the College Board race will force the college to contribute around $80,000 to the City Of Glendale for Election costs. The current Board members who are up for re-election are Dr. Armine Hacopian–Anita Quinonez Gabrielian–and current Board President Victor I. King.

In the race for City Treasurer–Ronald Borucki–current City Treasurer as well as Phillip Kazanjian submitted their paperwork.

The City Clerk will verify the petitions to certify that the candidates have been nominated by a minimum of 100 registered voters. The list of qualified candidates and the order in which the names will appear on the ballot will be announced on Feb. 2.

In the school board race–5 people have already submitted their paperwork including current President Greg Krikorian as well as current member Chuck Sambar. In the contested City Clerk race only 4 of the 10 potential candidates have submitted their final paperwork although that number is expected to go up by the February 1st deadline.

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