Armenian Americans Gather in Support Democratic Ticket in Massachusetts

WINCHESTER, Mass.–Armenian Americans from throughout Massachusetts gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Aida Bejakian on Sunday, October 15, for a fundraising brunch reception which raised $30,000 for Deval Patrick and Tim Murray, the Democratic ticket for Massachusetts Governor and Lieutenant Governor, reported the Armenian National Committees of Massachusetts. The event was cosponsored by The Honorable George Keverian, State Representative Peter Koutoujian, State Representative Rachel Kaprielian, Joyce Aghjayan, Sharistan Ardhaldjian, Elo Artinian, Nancy Barsamian, Aida Bejakian, Houry Boyamian, Arev Dervartanian, Linda Kaboolian, Bella Khachatourian, Hasmik Kouchakdjian, Dr. Lilian Mahrokhian, Julia Mirak Kew, Carolyn Mugar, Dr. Carolann Najarian, Muriel Parseghian, and Lisa Sedrakian. Host Sam Bejakian welcomed a crowd of Armenian American activists from throughout the Commonwealth to his home and spoke of the Armenian American community’s support for the Deval Patrick – Tim Murray team. Bejakian then introduced Sharistan Ardhaldjian of the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts who spoke of the broad community support for the Deval Patrick–Tim Murray ticket. "The Deval Patrick-Tim Murray team make the most exciting ticket this state has seen in a very long time," stated Ardhaldjian. "Together they are going to make this state the best place in the country to live. We are here today to support this team in that effort but in no uncertain terms also because of their commitment and sensitivity to so many of the issues of particular concern to the Armenian American community." Ardhaldjian then introduced the lineup for the afternoon. Muriel Parseghian of Lowell, Massachusetts, introduced Mayor Murray. Parseghian, a long time activist with the Armenian National Committee of Merrimack Valley and Chairwoman of the Armenian Relief Society of North America, was a Deval Patrick-Tim Murray committed delegate to the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention. In introducing Mayor Murray, Parseghian spoke of Murray’s long time commitment to working families and improving living conditions in cities and towns across the commonwealth, noting that Murray had already done just that in Worcester. Parseghian noted Murray’s long time relationship with the Armenian American community in Worcester and his support of issues of special concern to Armenian Americans. Parseghian also noted the Mayor’s commitment to properly commemorating the Armenian Genocide and also noted Murray’s leadership in revitalizing the City of Worcester by redeveloping industrial brownfields, increasing energy conservation, and pursuing an aggressive education reform package. Mayor Murray then addressed the audience. Murray, a third term mayor of Worcester, spoke about his own experience growing up in Worcester and some of the important endeavors he has embarked on since becoming mayor. He spoke passionately about his commitment to justice and overcoming intolerance and remarked on the similarities between his own background and of that of so many in attendance, particularly when it comes to seeking justice. Murray outlined the commitment of the Patrick-Murray team to building a better Massachusetts by improving the judicial system. The Honorable George Keverian, former speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, then offered his personal remarks about the Deval Patrick-Tim Murray ticket, noting that Patrick does not shy away from difficult positions just because they are unpopular. Keverian also remarked that Patrick is an outstanding leader for those who need his help the most. State Representative Rachel Kaprielian, who represents the largest Armenian American community in Massachusetts, also expressed her deep commitment to the Patrick-Murray ticket noting what a bright future the state of Massachusetts will have when Deval Patrick and Tim Murray become Governor and Lt. Governor. Kaprielian encouraged the audience to become as involved as possible in the three weeks leading up to the election to help secure Massachusetts’ future. State Representative Peter Koutoujian, who represents the second largest Armenian American community in Massachusetts, also talked passionately about the commitment of Deval Patrick and Tim Murray to so many of the issues of particular concern to the Armenian American community. He noted Patrick’s commitment to education, faith, community, and family. Koutoujian also noted Patrick’s long time commitment to protecting civil and human rights. Carolyn Mugar, Director of Farm Aid, President of the Armenian Assembly of America, and Founder of the Armenia Tree Project, then introduced Deval Patrick by noting that we haven’t had in a long time a team that represents so many of the core interests and with as much integrity as this team. Mugar noted Patrick’s long history protecting civil and rights during the Clinton Administration. Mugar then thanked Patrick for taking the high road in the campaign and for listening to the community. The Democratic Candidate for Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, then addressed the audience, first thanking hosts Sam and Aida Bejakian for their hospitality. Patrick outlined a commitment to towns and communities and individuals living in the Commonwealth and spoke of improving the health care system to better serve more residents, awakening our sense of community, which he likened to his own upbringing in Chicago. Patrick spoke passionately about rebuilding a firm sense of community and character. And, committing his campaign to governing the grassroots way he assured the audience that his campaign would continue to be built on positive ideas and vision. Patrick reminded the audience that, "you don’t have to agree on everything to work together." Ardhaldjian then thanked Murray and Patrick for their integrity and personal commitment to so many important issues and also thanked those in attendance or supporting the Patrick-Murray ticket for Massachusetts Governor and Lieutenant Governor. And, Mugar reminded the auidence to get involved with the election and help get out the vote. To learn more about where Deval Patrick and Tim Murray stand on issues of particular importance to Armenian Americans, visit www.armenia’


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