Nine Candidates Approved for City Clerk Race

GLENDALE (Combined Sources)–As the city clerk race heats up–the petitions of nine candidates have been finalized for the April 5 municipal election.

The City Clerk verified 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 was announced on February 2.

Ardashes Kassakhian began a 10-week sabbatical from the Armenian National Committee to focus on his campaign for city clerk. He will campaign full-time for the April 5 election–he said.

The other eight candidates are Paulette Mardikian–a customer service representative for the city’s Building and Safety Department–Lorna Vartanian–a financial accounting manager for a law firm–Narineh Barzegar–a graduate student–Stephanie Landregan–a landscape artist–George McCullough–Gary Sysock–deputy executive officer with Los Angeles County Clerk of the Board–Kathryn Van Houten–an attorney–and Stephen L. Ropfogel–an independent business owner.

All candidates filed the necessary signatures to appear on the ballot by Tuesday’s deadline.

Since 1929–the city clerk position has been a political hand-me-down–with incumbents retiring mid-term and the council choosing a replacement. During those 75 years–the incumbent has never lost.

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