HOLLYWOOD, CA — On March 20th, Christina Khanjian, Sam Kbushyan and Shahan Suzmeyan were elected to the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and East Hollywood Neighborhood Council.
Based on unofficial results, the first count of votes shows it was a big win for GGPNC- District B candidate Christina Khanjian who was the third highest vote getter in the field of candidates. Mrs. Khanjian was running as a part of a 10-person slate that proved very successful as all the members of the slate were elected. It was the first time in the history of GGPNC that so many voters showed up to the polls to elect their neighborhood representatives.
“The ANC of Hollywood would like to congratulate Christine and all the candidates that wonWe look forward to working with all the members of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, as well as other Neighborhood Councils whose decisions affect the Armenian-American community in the greater Hollywood area”, says Elli Menounou, ANC Hollywood Community Relations chair.
In the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council elections 2 out of the 4 Armenian-American candidates were elected. Sam Kbushyan was re-elected as the Business Representative and Shahan Suzmeyan, a first time candidate, was elected as the Little Armenia East Representative.
“It was a bittersweet victory in East Hollywood” said Rostom Sarkissian, chair of the ANC-Hollywood. “On one hand, we congratulate two very capable Armenian-Americans who were elected, but on the other hand we lost the intelligent voice of Lucy Varpetian and Edgar Makhshikyan was defeated in the Little Armenia West District.” Sarkissian continued, “Saturday’s elections are a message to our community that if we don’t vote, we will lose our voice.”
The Armenian National Committee of Hollywood advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.