Glendale Elections Come to Climactic End

GLENDALE–Of the nineteen candidates vying for open seats on the Glendale City Council–only four went home victorious as the final numbers were released six hours after the polls closed. With 8,362 votes (10.4%)–Attorney Ara Najarian will join incumbent council members Bob Yousefian (7230 votes–9%)–Frank Quintero (7119 votes–8.8%)–and Dave Weaver (6574–8.2%) on the city’s new council as it convenes later on this month.

"This was one of the toughest campaigns I’ve ever been in–worked on or even seen," Yousefian told the Glendale News Press. "It was very costly and very divisive. I’m hoping that starting tomorrow–things will calm down and go back to normal. I’m hoping that things will become more civil."

Despite the loss–Anahid Oshagan was touched by the sincere support she received from wide-range of people. "I deeply appreciate the outpouring of support during this campaign; I was overwhelmed by the energy and dedication of not only those close to me–but also people from all walks of life who put their life on hold to join me to try to make Glendale a better place to live."

Voters demonstrated their confidence in current Glendale School Board President Greg Krikorian by reelecting him by a sizable margin with 11649 votes. His nearest competitor–incumbent school board member Chakib "Chuck" Sambar–who was also reelected to the board–trailed Krikorian by over 3000 votes. Coming close to claim the third open seat on the Board–College Professor Nayiri Nahabedian trailed Joylene K. Wagner by over one thousand votes.

In the treasurer’s race–incumbent Ronald T. Borucki defeated his only opponent–former Glendale Community College Board of Trustees Phillip Kazanjian–with 64% of the vote. A banker of 34 years–Borucki had received the support of numerous community groups including the Glendale Chapter of the Armenian National Committee.

All three of the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees incumbents–Armine G. Hacopian–Victor King–and Anita Quinonez Gabrielian–were reelected by comfortable margins–with King leading the pack with 14,070 votes (30.2%). Hacopian came in second with 13,203 votes (28.3%).

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