WASHINGTON–DC–The Armenian National Committee of America announced on Thursday it will endorse two term Democrat from California–US Senator Barbara Boxer for reelection. Boxer is challenged by Republican Bill Jones who most recently served as California’s Secretary of State.
The ANCA endorsed the Senator based on her long and faithful record of public service with special consideration to Armenian-Americans living in the State of California. Since her tenure in Congress–Boxer has held an open door policy toward her constituents–carrying their message to the halls of Congress. In a letter to Senator Boxer–the ANCA stated that while the Senator’s responsibilities as an elected official have increased–she has managed to maintain close working relationships with even her smallest constituencies. California is the nation’s most populous state and home to the nation’s largest Armenian American community.
On issues of concern to her constituents of Armenian heritage and to the Armenian-American community at large–Senator Boxer has time and again defended their history and rightful place in American society. As recently as this year–she made statemen’s of support for the official reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide–including letters to President Bush urging to end the illegal Turkish blockade of Armenia. In addition to these measures–Senator Boxer has co-sponsored legislation–and actively sought the support of Democratic party leaders–on the issue of Genocide reaffirmation. Additionally–Senator Boxer has been a staunch advocate of aid to the Republic of Armenia as it undergoes the difficult process of transition towards democracy and a free market economy. Senator Boxer traveled to Armenia to witness firsthand these changes and returned as an even stronger advocate than before.