GLENDALE–For the second consecutive time–Greg Krikorian finished in first place–well ahead of all challengers–to earn a second term on the Glendale Unified School District’s Board of Education. With 12,619 votes–Krikorian received more votes than any candidate for School Board–City Council or City Clerk in the recent Glendale Municipal Elections.
"The success of this campaign is due to Greg’s character–his resolve–and his commitment to all segmen’s of our community," stated Campaign Chairman–Armen Derian. "This was a pure–grassroots campaign that reached out and appealed to all members of the Glendale and La Crescenta communities."
The City Clerk’s office has completed the task of counting all regular and absentee ballots. Approximately 1,000 provisional ballots are currently with the County of Los Angeles for review. Once those ballots are counted–Krikorian anticipates breaking a record with over 13,000 votes.
With significantly less money to spend than some of his competitors–Krikorian relied on his stellar record of service to the community and an army of energized friends–students–parents–and community leaders–who spread his message and got the vote out. "It’s hard to believe that the campaign is over. We’re going to miss coming to help Greg everyday. Mr. Krikorian has done so much for us and our Armenian Clubs at our High Schools," stated Tanya Terzian–a Senior at Glendale High School.
"The support from the students at our schools and local colleges was humbling. We had an army of support for Greg," added Argished Parsekian–GCC student and Campaign Volunteer Chairman. "Greg–has united the entire Armenian community and I couldn’t be more proud of what he has done for the students and our parents," stated GCC student and volunteer–Linet Amirichanyan.
Krikorian’s support came not only from local students–but from community leaders as well. "I’m truly honored to help Greg?he is a man of honor and integrity and most importantly he won on his own accord," stated Shelly Harrison–a Glendale resident.
"I knew Greg would set record amount of votes from the beginning–his dedication to our community and most importantly his sincerity is priceless," said Glendale Community Leader–Tony Tartaglia.
From Glendale to La Crescenta–the support for Krikorian was clear. "The entire district is honored to have Krikorian leading our school-district for next four years. We couldn’t be more blessed than to have him serving our community. We love him in Crescenta Valley," stated Krista Smiley of the Crescenta Valley Town Council.
"Seeing Greg provide leadership to our community and to our Jewel City Little League for the past four years–I’m confident he will continue to do an outstanding job on the school board."
"I’d hate for the school district to loose him–but I’m hoping he decides to bring his energy and commitment to service at the County or State level," stated Tony Iezza II.
"Greg is a true leader and a man of integrity which is what our city & country needs in its elected officials," stated Michael Cooney.
Krikorian himself is humbled–but confident and energized by the overwhelming support. "I’m extremely overjoyed. It just shows the confidence that the entire community has in me," said a justifiably proud Krikorian. "We’ve accomplished so much over the past four years and I’m looking forward to the next term."
Key endorsemen’s came from the Glendale News Press and Crescenta Valley Sun–who noted,"Krikorian has been the only school board member to consistently appear at events in the Crescenta Valley and not let the school board rest and forget the importance of CV schools."
Additional endorsemen’s came from LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich–Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca–Congressman Adam Schiff– Senator Jack Scott– Assemblyman Dario Frommer–Glendale Teachers Association–CA School Employees Association–Glendale Association of Realtors and numerous community leaders and neighborhood residents at all levels. Krikorian received endorsemen’s from each of the Armenian community organization groups.
With the election over–Krikorian looks forward to his future service to the district and strengthening the Armenian cause with neighboring school districts. This past year–the Glendale school district was closed for Armenian Christmas. With the growing number of Armenian American students in Burbank & Pasadena–he would like to assist those districts in support the concerns of our Armenian Youth.
In closing–Krikorian stated: "Once again–Christine–my wife–and I are truly thankful for all of love & support from friends and the entire community. I promise to continue to support Hai Tahd–and my devotion to our schools–our kids–and the community will never waiver."