GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) is pleased to announce its support of Nayiri Nahabedian for the 43rd State Assembly District in the April 13th special election. In a state which is home to the largest concentration of Armenian Americans in the nation, the 80 member legislative body currently stands with no members of Armenian ancestry.
Paul Krekorian’s successful move to the Los Angeles City Council has left his former seat in the district vacant. Despite the growing size of the community in the last 20 years, Armenian-Americans stand to lose a valuable voice in the State Assembly.
The ANC – PAC met with all the candidates participating in the election to assess their qualifications and goals. After due consideration, the committee was unanimously convinced that Nayiri Nahabedian possesses the best qualifications to serve the constituents of the 43rd District.
Nayiri Nahabedian’s strong background in leadership and public policy has earned the trust of several key supporters including; Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Senator Carol Liu of Glendale, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino of Pasadena, and numerous other elected officials, political leaders, and community organizations. She has been endorsed by a wide cross section of groups ranging from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and various other unions, to teachers, professionals, law enforcement, and women’s groups such as the National Organization for Women (NOW).
Since Armenian-American voters represent only 16% of the registered voters of the district, an electable candidate will need to appeal and gain the support of non-Armenian voters as well. Nayiri Nahabedian currently serves on the Glendale School Board and has earned her credentials in successfully managing a large pubic educational entity at a time of dwindling public funds. She was elected to that body by a large and diverse base in the electorate, proving adept at garnering a wide range of support outside of the Armenian-American community as well.
Nayiri Nahabedian has raised an impressive amount of money since declaring her candidacy. With more than $150,000 in contributions since January 7th, Nahabedian has put an exclamation point on the legitimacy of her effort. Along with an accomplished team of campaign strategists and consultants, Nahabedian is well equipped to bring victory home on April 13th.
The campaign team working to elect Nayiri Nahabedian has the best knowledge of the electorate of the 43rd Assembly Dirstrict because its members worked on Paul Krekorian’s successful campaigns for the Burbank School Board, State Assembly, and Los Angeles City Council.
Nayiri Nahabedian has dedicated her life to serving our community and its institutions. Her service to the community includes co-founding AGBU’s Generation Next Mentorship program providing mentors to at-risk youth in Glendale Schools. She has served as the ANC- Burbank Schools Committee Chair and led the Forum for Armenian Cultural and Social Studies.
California’s 43rd Assembly District spans the cities of Burbank and Glendale. It also includes portions of Los Angeles, including the neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Laurel Grove, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Toluca Woods, Toluca Terrace, Valley Glen and Van Nuys.
Going forward, the Armenian-American community of the 43rd Assembly District must stress the point — to all of its 32,000 registered voters – that at this time of budgetary crisis and economic insecurity Nayiri Nahabedian is the voice we want in the State Assembly.
The ANC-PAC joins countless others in urging you to support Nayiri Nahabedian for victory on April 13, 2010.
The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support campaign committees for Members of Congress who share the values of the Armenian American community. The ANC-PAC is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the voice of the Armenian American community is clearly heard in our nation’s capital. The ANC-PAC continues a century old tradition of Armenian American engagement on the public policy issues facing national political leaders, both in the U.S. Congress and the White House.