Gordon, Talamantes, Applebaum Elected to Council, School Board
BURBANK—Burbank’s April 9 General Election resulted in all but one of Burbank ANCA’s endorsed candidates winning election to office.
In the City Council race, David Gordon and Jess Talamantes placed first and second, succeeding in their bids to for reelection. In the School Board race, Larry Applebaum won but Steve Ferguson placed third and was not elected.
The city council contest was hard fought and occasionally nasty. In the school board race, Applebaum seemed certain to win, while the battle for the other seat was very heated. Tens of thousands of dollars in money from outside Burbank was poured in.
“We are proud that our community turned out to vote in larger numbers than has been the case historically,” long-time Burbank ANCA activist Hagop Hergelian observed. “This speaks to a growing awareness of the importance of voter participation in our community, a large segment of which is composed of relatively recent citizens. They are just getting their feet wet in the waters of American democracy.”
“We congratulate all the candidates who won, including Charlene Tabet, whom we hadn’t endorsed,” said Gaidzag Shahbazian, Burbank ANCA Electoral/Political Chair. “As always, we will work with all our elected representatives to improve the quality of life for Burbank residents. We also looked forward to continued cooperation with the candidates who did not make it into office this time.”
The Burbank ANCA will continue its efforts to energize and increase the Armenian community’s voters. Through programs such as HyeVotes, the many citizens of Burbank who asked Burbank ANCA activists to help them become voters will be registered. To volunteer, please visit the Burbank ANCA at 75 E. Santa Anita Avenue or write Info@ancaburbank.org to participate.
The Armenian National Committee of America—Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian community and promotes its increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.