Gatto, Ramani Win 43rd Assembly Primary

GLENADLE (Combined Sources)—Democrat Mike Gatto and Republican Sunder Ramani will face off in a special June runoff election for the 43rd Assembly District to finish off the term for the seat left vacant by Paul Krekorian after his win in the LA City Council race last fall.

While an Armenian will not continue Krekorian’s term, 30 percent of the voters in Tuesday’s special election were Armenian, signaling a large voter turnout by the Armenian-American community.

Gatto’s main Democratic challenger, Glendale school board member Nayiri Nahabedian, took 22 percent of the vote, with 7,298, while the other Democrat in the race, Chahe Keuroghelian, was last with 4,444, or 14 percent. With all precincts reporting, Gatto was the top vote-getter with 10,584 votes. Ramani earned 10,403.

The election results also indicate that the Armenian-American vote was split.

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  1. Raffi G said:

    Only time we have an Armenian winning an election in California is he or she can't speak Armenian or never attended an Armenian school, someone Like Paul Krikorian Ara Najarian, George Deukmejian, Poochigian. Joe Simitian. etc… We had two Armenian candidates Nayiri and Chahe who both were foreign born (lebanon) they both had and accent when I listened to them is the press conferences so please ANC next time please choose the right canditate someone like maybe Mark Geragos for governor we can't not afford to loose elections like this and be proud to have an “powerfull” Armenian Lobby. Also Armenian schools should do much better job so in the future we can have better candidates.

  2. ademocrat said:

    The results also indicate that the bully tactics of Nahebidian were destructive to her campaign.

    Let that be a lesson to you. What a revolting campaign that was.

  3. osik said:

    April 13, 2010, Special Primary
    Sunder Ramani (Rep) 10,403 31.79%
    Chahe Keuroghelian (Dem) 4,444 13.58%
    Nayiri Nahabedian (Dem) 7,298 22.30%
    Mike Gatto (Dem) 10,584 32.34%

    When are we going to learn? the total Armenian Vote is about 36% that is 11,742 vote, a strong Majority