Armenian Americans Rally to Support Wendy Greuel’s Run for Los Angeles City Controller

Armenian American activists with Los Angeles Councilwoman Wendy Greuel

STUDIO CITY, CA–Armenian Americans joined together on February 25 to convey their full support for Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel in her race to become the city’s next Controller. The Controller is the watchdog and accountant for the City of Los Angeles. The Controller makes sure all officials, departmen’s, commissions, and boards function with efficiency, effectiveness, and high ethical standards. The event was held at the home of the Mahdesian family, who are lifelong supporters of the Armenian National Committee.

“Wendy Greuel is just the kind of smart and aggressive watchdog Los Angeles needs as its next Controller,” explained host Michael Mahdesian after the event. “Wendy’s track record in the Los Angeles City Council and her proven dedication to the Armenian American community mean that we will have a good friend in the Controller’s office.

I encourage all of our community members to vote for Wendy when they cast their ballots next week in the City of Los Angeles muncipal elections,” Mahdesian added.

Wendy Greuel was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2002 thanks to the strong support of the Armenian American community. Facing a stong opponent, Greuel won that race in the second district by less than 300 votes. Greuel, to this day, recognizes that the support she received from Armenian American voters was the key to her ultimate victory in that initial run for public office. Since that victory, Greuel has risen to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles City Council.

"I’m honored to have such strong support from the Armenian-American community in Los Angeles," Councilmember Greuel said. "As City Controller, I will continue to fight for the people of L.A. and work to make City Hall responsive and accountable for every community and neighborhood."

As the Los Angeles City Councilmember for the second district, Greuel has represented one of the largest constituencies of Armenian Americans in the nation. She has been accesible and active with her Armenian American constituents and has, over the years, consistently employed qualified Armenian Americans staff members as her field deputies. Greuel has been a frequent guest at the Armenian Center in her district, where she has met and collaborated with leaders of the Armenian National Committee, Armenian Relief Society, Armenian Educational and Cultural Society and the Armenian Youth Federation.

Individuals interested in learning more about Wendy Greuel’s campaign are encouraged to visit www.wendygreuel.com. The City of Los Angeles will hold its muncipal elections on March 3, 2009.

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