GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) announced this week its endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the upcoming March 3rd LA city elections.
"The ANC-PAC is pleased to endorse Mayor Villaraigosa who has been a steadfast and vocal supporter of issues of concern to the Armenian American community," said ANC-PAC chairperson, Armen Martin.
In 2007, at the urging and support of Mayor Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution urging the House of Representatives to pass H. Res. 106. His support of the resolution made him a target of the Turkish Consul General of Los Angeles who sent the mayor a letter and provided Turkish government pseudo-academic propaganda in order to pressure him into changing his stance. In response, Mayor Villaraigosa donated the books to the community for educational purposes along with a letter to the Turkish Consul General reiterating his support for Armenian Genocide recognition.
In 1994, Villaraigosa was elected to the California State Assembly; four years later, his colleagues elected him the first Assembly Speaker from Los Angeles in 25 years.
During his tenure in the State Assembly, Villaraigosa was a consistent supporter of Armenian Genocide recognition resolutions and other bills of importance to the Armenian community. After serving as Speaker, Villaraigosa served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council where championed official where he continued his Armenian Genocide affirmation and supported community efforts to create a Los Angeles-Yerevan Sister City relationship.
During the 2004 Presidential election season, Villaraigosa was selected by then Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator John Kerry to chair the Democratic Party Platform Committee. As Chair of the Platform Committee, Villaraigosa led the effort to include Armenian Genocide affirmation and Nagorno-Karabakh self-determination language as part of the Platform.
The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support political candidates who share the values of the Armenian American community.For more information, you may logon to www.ancpac.org.