GLENDALE—California State Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian met with local activists to discuss various issues at the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region’s “Meet and Greet” series. The event was hosted on July 17 by Mr. and Mrs. Aram and Aida Shorvoghlian at their home. This is the second such event organized by the ANCA-WR.
“We would like to thank Assemblyman Achadjian for taking the time to join us at this important event,” said Armen Garabedian, Chairman of the ANCA-WR California State Affairs Committee. “His many years of public service embodies the spirit of civic participation that is at the core of the ANCA-Western Region’s mission, and continues to be an inspiration to our community.”
Achadjian, a Republican Assemblyman who represents the San Luis Obispo area, discussed issues facing Armenian-American voters in California. Among the issues was the push for Armenian Genocide recognition on the federal level, the importance of ethics in politics, as well as reaching across the aisle to Democrats. Achadjian also highlighted the importance of staying involved in the community and emphasized the Armenian spirit which has heralded so many victories for him. Achadjian also touched on California state budget issues.
After moving to the United States as a youth, Achadjian established successful businesses, and stayed civically active. He has served on numerous boards for non-profit organizations and was a three- term member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
He also served on the California Coastal Commission, an organization tasked with protecting California’s natural resources. Achadjian was sworn in as the representative of the 33rd Assembly district on December 6, 2010.
“It is encouraging to see a fellow Armenian American reach great heights in public service,” said Joseph Kazazian, an intern with the ANCA-WR. “As a California resident, I understand the importance of engaging elected officials who help run the biggest state in the United States. It is a monumental task, and Assemblyman Achadjian handles it in stride.”
The event took place at the Shorvoghlian residence, where local activist engaged ANCA-WR committee members, and college students were formally briefed by Achadjian. After a question and answer session with attendees, he candidly mingled with those attending the event.
His hands-on approach was highlighted by his constant and welcomed reminders to those attending to call him for help if they had any questions.
“As young business owners, we should pay particular attention to public and government affairs and get involved in California politics,” said Mr. Shorvoghlian” “Whether we are trying to impact legislation, build a grassroots constituency or enhance a business opportunity, working with the ANCA helps us and helps our community.”