GLENDALE–Los Angeles City Ethics Commissioner Paul Krekorian formally announced his candidacy Thursday for the California State Assembly. Krekorian–a business attorney–will seek the Democratic nomination in the 43rd Assembly District–which includes Glendale–Hollywood–Los Feliz–Burbank–Toluca Lake–and Silver Lake. The district is being vacated by Assemblyman Scott Wildman–who is seeking election to the State Senate.
Krekorian has a long commitment to public service in Southern California. He currently serves as Los Angeles City Ethics Commissioner–a position to which he was appointed by City Attorney James Hahn. As Ethics Commissioner–Krekorian protects the public trust in government by enforcing campaign finance laws and lobbying regulations.
Krekorian also serves as a Trustee of the Armenian Film Foundation. The Film Foundation is committed to recording and preserving on film the irrefutable evidence of the Armenian Genocide–including the testimony of hundreds of survivors and also non-Armenian eyewitnesses. The Foundation is currently producing a series of three feature-length films titled "The Witnesses," in which this undeniable proof will be preserved for generations–and will allow our children and grandchildren to fight against and defeat Turkish denials.
Krekorian has been a leader of the AGBU Young Professionals over the last several years. Until earlier this year–he was Vice Chair of the highly successful organization–and he previously served as the Chair of its Annual Fund. During Krekorian’s term of office–the Young Professionals launched the "Generation Next" mentorship program for at-risk Armenian students in the Glendale schools and sponsored critical health care research in Armenia.
Krekorian has been active in Democratic politics in the 43rd District for nearly a decade–and has been a member of both the State Democratic Central Committee and the L.A. County Democratic Central Committee. Krekorian has always worked hard to encourage Armenian-American involvement in the political process and to gain support on Armenian issues from elected officials. Krekorian currently serves on the national board of the Armenian-American Democratic Leadership Council. As reported in a recent Los Angeles Daily News article–"[Glendale City Councilman Rafi] Manoukian and Krekorian are leading the way to bring local Armenian-Americans into the Democratic column." (LA Daily News–8/8/99).
Eric Hacopian–who organized Rafi Manoukian’s successful Glendale City Council campaign–is taking the same role in Krekorian’s campaign. Hacopian–one of the foremost political consultants in the area–has also coordinated campaigns for Congressman Brad Sherman–State Senator Adam Schiff–Assemblyman Scott Wildman–and Council Member Jackie Goldberg.
Krekorian’s grandparents escaped the Genocide and immigrated to the United States from Kharpert and Erzerum. Krekorian was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley–graduated with honors from USC and went on to receive his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is engaged to Dr. Tamar Karamanoukian.
Krekorian has long been a leader in the Southern California legal community. He has served as a trustee of both the L.A. County Bar and the County Law Library; as a member of the L.A. City Attorney’s Criminal Justice Task Force; as counsel to the Webster Commission (which investigated police response to the 1992 riots); and as a courthouse volunteer for the County Bar’s domestic violence restraining order project.