The Armenian National Committee of Glendale would like to congratulate all of our newly elected officials. We are confident that the incumbents to office–along with the new members of our city government–will be strong leaders in our community. We hope that all officials will work hard to represent all members of our wonderfully diverse city.
Additionally–we would like to extend our gratitude to all candidates who participated in Glendale’s Municipal Elections. Although there were only a total of 12 seats open–43 candidates participated in hopes of bringing fresh ideas and improvemen’s to our already wonderful city. Among these 43 candidates 18 were Armenian-Americans who committed 3 months of their lives to running for public office. This unprecedented number of Armenian-Americans running demonstrated our desire as a community to work towards the betterment of our city and participate in the American civic process. We thank these individuals for the numerous sacrifices they made throughout the last three months. Their dedication to our city is commendable and admirable.
As citizens–we are grateful for the minimal amount of negative campaigning that occurred in these elections. Although certain individuals did stoop to the level of finger pointing and name calling–most candidates remained focused on running a productive–positive campaign. Negative campaigning injures our community–creates unnecessary divides and–most unfortunately–discourages people from voting.
Finally–we would like to thank the 30,000 citizens who exercised their right to vote in the 2005 Glendale Municipal Elections–as well as the countless residents who volunteered their time and participated in our city’s civic process. The voice of the citizens is the essential foundation for a democracy and without voter participation–we would not be able to guide and influence the development of our growing city. We hope that in the future we will be able to/there will be an increase civic participation and see a day when voter turnout in city elections exceeds 50,000. With a unified commitment to our jewel city–we will be able to ensure that our children have a wonderful community to grow up in.