GLENDALE–Glendale City Council hopeful Rafi Manoukian will kick-off his campaign with a rally and precinct walk on Saturday–February 6 at 10 a.m. The rally will take place Manoukian campaign headquarters at 810 S. Central Avenue in Glendale. The public is invited.
In December–Manoukian announced his intention to seek one of two vacant city council seats–after Councilman Larry Zarian and Mayor Eileen Givens announced that they would not run for re-election in the April 6 municipal elections.
On February 2–Manoukian submitted more than 200 nomination signatures to the Glendale City Clerk–officially registering as a candidate for the April 6 Municipal Elections.
Rafi Manoukian–a Certified Public Accountant by profession–and his wife Zovig have resided in Glendale for more than 11 years. A veteran of the Air Force–Rafi Manoukian was awarded a commendation medal for outstanding achievement.
Manoukian believes civic responsibility and community service are important in ensuring a better quality of life. He is currently serving on the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors–and chairs the Legislative Action Committee. Manoukian has also served as the Chairperson of the Armenian National Committee of Glendale and as treasurer of the Armenian Cultural Association–Hamazkayin.
Rafi Manoukian’s commitment to improving the quality of education for all of Glendale was demonstrated through his active participation and leadership in the passage of proposition K in 1997. Manoukian currently serves on the Glendale Unified School District’s Advisory Bond Committee.
Manoukian has also participated in the Glendale Leadership program and the city’s pilot mediation training program. His myriad interests and involvement in the city–as well as his sensitivity toward diversity and tolerance will bring a unique perspective to the Glendale City Council.
"In my efforts to raise three children and provide a wholesome life for my family–I believe that community involvement and dialogue are the cornerstones of tackling a growing trend away from cooperation and unity in our city," explained Rafi Manoukian.
Manoukian added that he wants to make a positive contribution to building a consensus on major issues facing Glendale today.
"All residents of Glendale should have the opportunity to become active participants in guiding the city into the new century and work toward providing leadership to all of Glendale," remarked Manoukian.