ANC-PAC Endorses Manoukian, Krikorian for Glendale City Council

GLENDALE–After more than two months of interviews and discussions, the Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) announced on Monday its endorsement of Rafi Manoukian and Greg Krikorian for Glendale City Council. The ANC-PAC will announce endorsemen’s for the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) Board of Education and Glendale Community College Board of Trustees at a later date. The endorsement process began with candidate questionnaires sent to the 8 candidates running for office followed by interviews with selected candidates. "The ANC-PAC took this opportunity to meet and discuss issues of concern in the community with candidates," said ANC-PAC spokesperson, Pierre Chraghchian. "After careful review, we feel that both Councilmember Rafi Manoukian and current GUSD Board of Education member, Greg Krikorian, have a track record of commitment to the community and a passion for public service that is necessary for serving in the City Council. For this reason we feel that these two candidates are best prepared to address the needs of our community," added Chraghchian. Councilmember Manoukian has been a long time activist in the community. He was elected to the Glendale City Council in April 1999 after registering over 4000 new citizens and was reelected in 2003 with the most votes of any candidate up to that period. On the Council he served as Chair of the Housing Authority, the Redevelopment Agency and as Mayor in 2002-03 and 2005-06. Prior to serving on the council Mr. Manoukian served as the Chair of ANC Glendale Chapter in 1997-1998 and on the Board of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce in 1998-1999. Greg Krikorian is a member and past President of the GUSD Board of Education. Under his tenure, the school district incorporated genocide curriculum in local high schools, now offers Armenian language classes, and became the first district to acknowledge Armenian Christmas as an official holiday. He has also served as President of the Five Star Education Coalition, has been active with the PTA, Homenetmen and the Glendale, La Crescenta and Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce. "We are confident in our decision and look forward to helping Councilmember Manoukian and Krikorian throughout their candidacy," stated Arbi Ohanian. According to Ohanian, the ANC-PAC will spend the next 6 weeks encouraging people to register to vote and get active on campaigns. The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support political candidates who share the values of the Armenian American community.

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