Wildman’s Strong Record on Armenian-American Issues Garners Widespread Community Support
HOLLYWOOD–The Armenian National Committee (ANC) Hollywood Chapter has announced its endorsement of Los Angeles City Council candidate Scott Wildman in the upcoming election on April 10–2001–citing Wildman’s strong record and demonstrated commitment toward issues of concern to the Armenian-American community.
During his service as California State Assembly Representative from the 43rd District covering Glendale–Burbank–and surrounding areas–Wildman relentlessly supported Armenian-American community initiatives–including his co-sponsorship of the state resolution designating April 24 as "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23," during which 1.5 million Armenia’s were exterminated by the Ottoman Turkish Government. He also worked to prevent the establishment of a Turkish Chair at UCLA–voicing his opposition to historical revisionist efforts behind such campaigns–which earned him the ANC Community Service Award 2000. Further demonstrating his commitment–Wildman took a leadership role in funding for athletic and educational programs–ensuring $158,000 was included in the state budget for programs organized by the leading Armenian-American athletic youth organization–Homenetmen.
"Scott Wildman has always taken into account the needs of the Armenian-American community in greater Los Angeles–earning our endorsement and the support of hundreds of Armenian-Americans in the 13th District as he runs for City Council" explained Gary Khanjian–who chairs the Hollywood Chapter of the ANC–the largest Armenian-American grassroots organization in the United States. "The ANC looks forward to working closely with Scott Wildman on community initiatives–further promoting safe neighborhoods–schools and economic development in the ‘Little Armenia’ district of Hollywood and to his continued support of commemorative initiatives that honor the numerous Armenian Genocide survivors in our district."
Home to a large Armenian-American population–the 13th District of Los Angeles includes recently designated Little Armenia–which stretches from Hollywood Boulevard to the north–Santa Monica to the south–Vermont to the east–and the 101 freeway on the west. Throughout the years the Armenian-American community has kept its roots alive through its churches–schools and its athletic and cultural organizations. With close-knit family ties and traditions–the younger generation feels a deep connection with its heritage and history while also having a great appreciation for the diversity of the Hollywood area. During his years of public service–Wildman has cultivated a strong relationship with the Armenian-American community–working on issues not only impacting tens of thousands of his Armenian-American constituents at home but the millions of Armenia’s around the world.
Mobilizing grassroots support throughout the Armenian-American community–the Armenian National Committee Hollywood Chapter will host a fundraising cocktail reception to demonstrate the community’s support for Scott Wildman’s candidacy and to honor his hard work and dedication toward issues of concern to the community. The event will take place on Tuesday–March 13–2001 drawing community leaders from business–academia–government–social services and the arts. For more information contact Gary Khanjian at (323) 469-4431.