ANCA of Pasadena Endorses Fosselman and Selinske

Jill Fosselman

PASADENA—The Armenian National Committee of America of Pasadena Chapter announced this week that it has endorsed Jill Fosselman in the City Council race, Fourth Council District, and Tom Selinske for the Citywide school board seat.  The election is slated for April 19. 

The ANCA of Pasadena endorsed Fosselman because of her strong talents on issues related to public finance, smart growth, preservation and her commitment to addressing the educational challenges facing all schoolchildren in the City of Pasadena.  Fosselman has made a strong commitment to working closely with the Armenian American community to further improve the quality of life for all the residents in the City of Pasadena.

“Jill Fosselman is smart, capable and passionate and we are proud to endorse her,” remarked ANCA of Pasadena chairman Shahe Bezdjian. She clearly cares deeply about the City of Pasadena and the residents of the Fourth Council District.  The ANCA of Pasadena encourages every registered Armenian American voter in the Fourth District to vote for Jill Fosselman on April 19, 2011,” Bezdjian added.

Jill Fosselman received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University in our nation’s capital.  She began her professional career working for the City of Pasadena in the Departments of Public Works and Transportation and Finance. She has also been an active volunteer with the local chapter of the American Red Cross and has worked to safeguard the welfare of children by supporting the efforts of local non-profit organizations.  Fosselman currently serves as Mayor Bogaard’s appointee to the City of Pasadena’s General Plan Update Advisory Committee for the Land Use and Mobility Elements.

Many Armenian American registered voters and ANCA supporters live in Pasadena’s Fourth Council District. The Fourth District is bounded by Altadena, Washington, Martelo, Casa Grande, Mountain, Palo Verde, the 210 Freeway, Oak, Colorado, San Gabriel, Lombardy, Sunnyslope, Grayburn, Del Mar, Green, Colorado, Frontage, Foothill, Michillinda, Shaw Ranch, Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre Villa, Fairpoint, Villa Knolls, New York, and Eaton Canyon.

Fosselman is squaring off against Gene Masuda in the April 19, 2011 runoff to represent the residents of the Fourth Council District. On March 8, 2011, the candidates were the top two vote getters, leading to the upcoming runoff election.

Tom Selinske

Tom Selinske for Pasadena Unified Schood District Board

The ANCA of Pasadena endorsed Selinske because of his experience and accomplishments as a current board member as well as his outlook and goals for the next four years.  Selinske has in the past worked closely with the Armenian American community and has made a strong commitment to continue his close relationship.

“We have worked with Tom on many issues in the past and believe he is passionate and sincere in his efforts to improve our schools for all school children,” remarked ANCA of Pasadena chairman Shahe Bezdjian. “He clearly has the experience and the track record to be a strong leader for our schools.  The ANCA of Pasadena encourages every registered Armenian American voter in the City of Pasadena to vote for Tom Selinske on April 19, 2011,” Bezdjian added.

He has an impressive record which includes serving as President of the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) for 3 years; Chairperson, Longfellow Elementary School Site Council; Board of Directors and Treasurer, John Muir High School Mustangs on the Move program; Chairperson, Partnership for Children, Family and Youth from 2000 to 200; Founder, Pasadena City College (PCC) Flea Market, which has generated over $1.5 million in support of student scholarships and activities; and Chairperson, Leadership Pasadena from 2003 to 2005.

Tom Selinske is currently a School Board Member, where he has also served as President, and Vice President.  Tom obtained an MBA degree from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA in 1994 and obtained his AA degree locally from Pasadena City College.

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