ANC-PAC Backs Washington State Republican Reichert in Tight Congressional Race

MERCER ISLAND, WA–As he faces a significant challenge for his congressional seat this fall, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) can count on Armenian American voters standing by him. The Armenian National Committee–Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) endorsed Reichert this week for his thoughtful attention to the concerns of his Armenian American constituents who live in and around the King County suburbs of Seattle.

Reichert is facing a political rematch this November against Democrat Darcy Burner. In 2006, he narrowly defeated Burner, a former Microsoft executive, by a margin of 51% to 49%. Most recently, Burner has gained national attention after her home burned down and, as a result, her supporters from across the nation poured money into her campaign account. As of June 30th, Burner had nearly $2 million in her campaign account, with Reichert having collected over $1.7 million for his re-election campaign.

On April 16, 2007 Congressman Reichert, at the request of his constituents in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, became one of over 200 cosponsors of the Armenian Genocide resolution. Following his co-sponsorship of the human rights measure, Reichert met with constituents Natalie Atamian Bauge and other community activists to explain his strong support for the bill.

"Congressman Reichert has been a great friend of the Washington Armenian American community and we are pleased to support him in his bid for re-election," explained ANC activist Armen Abrahamian of Bellevue, Washington. "When the chips are down, the Congressman can rest assured that we will be supporting him 100 percent."

Washington’s 8th Congressional District is home to an active and growing Armenian American community. Congressman Reichert’s Armenian American constituents attend the Armenian Apostolic Church of Seattle and participate in a number of community organizations, including the Armenian Cultural Association.

The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support campaign committees for Members of Congress who share the values of the Armenian American community. The ANC-PAC is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the voice of the Armenian American community is clearly heard in our nation’s capital. The ANC-PAC continues a century old tradition of Armenian American engagement on the public policy issues facing national political leaders, both in the U.S. Congress and the White House. For more information, visit www.ancpac.org.

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