LOS ANGELES–Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) board members and local ANC leaders joined Los Angeles-area elected officials, staffers and community activists at a March 7 reception featuring former Governor and Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. Hosted by long-time ANC supporter and former Clinton Administration official, Michael Mahdesian and his father, ANC activist Richard Mahdesian, the event highlighted Dukakis’s perspective on the 2008 General Elections. Dukakis emphasized the importance of grassroots mobilization in the upcoming elections, and noted that recent successes by the Democratic Party could, in part, be attributed to the amount of effort spent reaching out to voters on a personal and local level. He argued that this approach has the potential to be even more effective in California and very important considering recent efforts to hold California’s Presidential Primary elections early in the election season. Glendale City Clerk, Ardashes Kassakhian introduced Dukakis, recalling that the former Governor and part-time UCLA lecturer helped motivate him as a student, to spark interest and strengthen his commitment to public service. ANCA-WR Chairman Raffi Hamparian was joined by fellow Western Region office. Several local ANC chairs and staff also attended the event. "Being a grassroots organization, the Armenian National Committee can appreciate the importance of the community outreach described by Governor Dukakis," remarked Armenian. "Time and again, we see our hard work board members, Zanku Armenian and Avo Ovayan as well as staff and interns from the at the local level result in a positive contribution to our community’s well-being and ensure that its issues are appropriately addressed."