Krekorian Nets First Place in Special Election, Moves to Runoff

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD—Los Angeles City Council Candidate Paul Krekorian placed well ahead of his rivals Tuesday night in the race for the city’s Second Council District. Krekorian will now face a run-off on Dec. 8 where he will seek to become the first Armenian-American member of the L.A. City Council.

Before a crowd of 200 supporters, friends and grassroots community leaders Tuesday night, Krekorian said that the election results signify the start of a real movement for change in Los Angeles.

“Today we saw a great beginning, but we are certainly far from our goal,” Krekorian said. “I was disappointed that so few people showed up to the polls last night, but there’s a reason for that. People are disenchanted that the city is not listening to them and not representing what they want. But we delivered our vote because of the incredible work we did in sending a clear message that we listen to constituents and respond to their needs. That’s the way we run our campaigns, that’s the way I serve people in the state assembly and thats the way I’m going to serve people on the City Council. People are desperately hungry for a government that will at long last listen to them and not the special interests of Downtown special interests. We have an opportunity here not just to win a campaign, but to fundamentally change City Hall. We are on our way.”

The final vote count of 14,525 voters, according to the LA. City Clerk showed Paul Krekorian with 34.1 percent of the vote and Christine Essel with 28.3 percent. The two will now face off in a Dec. 8 run-off. For more information, see: http://cityclerk.lacity.org/election/Results.htm

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