Armenians Score Big During Primaries

GLENDALE–Assemblymen Chuck Poochigian and Howard Kaloogian won their party’s nomination in the State Senate and Assembly races during the June 2 primaries–while incumbent Congresswoman Anna Eshoo won the nomination from her party. Also on the winning roster was Democrat Jackie Speier who won her party’s nomination for State Senate.

Poochigian was elected for the District 14 (Fresno–Kern–Tulare) State Senate seat with 119,521 votes in an uncontested race–which ensures him a win in November.

Speier won the Democratic nomination–guaranteeing her an automatic victory in the heavily Senate District 8 (San Francisco–San Mateo)–with 89,835 votes. She received double the combined votes earned by the other candidates vying for the seat.

Poochigian’s colleague–Kaloogian of the District 74 (Del Mar–Escondido–San Marcos–Vista) received 42,066 votes–outnumbering his democratic challenger’s 24,068 votes during the primary. Rep. Eshoo received 94 percent of the votes–garnering 77,273 clearing her way for re-election in November.

Also on the Congressional race front–Maria Armoudian of the Green Party won her party’s nomination for the 26th Congressional District (Pacoima–San Fernando–Van Nuys). This will pit her against powerful Democratic incumbent Howard Berman.

Other candidates garnering their party’s nominations were District 6 (Sacramento) state senate candidate Chris Quackenbush–the wife of Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush–who won the Republican nomination with 31,779 votes. In November general elections she will face Democrat Deborah Ortiz who received 65,996 votes in the primary.

Also facing a majority party nominee in November for District 38 (Escondido–Del Mar–Carlsbad–Oceanside–San Clemente) state senate seat–will be Democrat Madelene Arakelian who garnered 39,200 votes. She will face Republican Bill Morrow–who won his party’s nomination with 89,162 votes.

A particularly interesting race–which remains to be decided in the November elections is the State Insurance Commissioner’s race which pits incumbent Chuck Quackenbush against Democratic opponent Diane Martinez.

The former Assemblywoman from Monterey Park has consistently spoke against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the state Assembly.

She is the daughter of long-time Armenian friend–Congressman Matthew Martinez. She–however–is married to noted historical revisionist from Portland State University John Mandeville–a vocal pro-Turkish academician.


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