GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America, Glendale (ANCA-Glendale) and Crescenta Valley (ANCA-CV) chapters have issued their endorsements for the two seats up for election on the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education. The ANCA-Glendale and ANCA-CV announced endorsement for incumbent Nayiri Nahabedian for one of the two School Board seats up for election on April 7.
The ANCA-Glendale and ANCA-CV granted a dual endorsement to two candidates seeking election for the vacant seat on the School Board. The ANCA-Glendale urged voters to vote for either Jennifer Freemon or Vahik Satoorian.
The ANCA-Glendale and ANCA-CV urge a “yes” vote on Measure D to amend the City Charter and allow by-district elections for city council. The amendment will require the voter approval of the district plan prepared by the City Council. At the present time, the Charter requires that Council members be elected at-large by all voters.
The ANCA-Glendale and ANCA-CV also announced their support for Measure O. The measure will increase the Transient Occupant Tax by 2% in order to further stimulate the local economy.
The organizations will announce their positions on measures C and E next week.
“We are pleased to complete our endorsement of candidates for the April 7 municipal elections,” stated the ANCA-Glendale Community Outreach Coordinator Tigranna Zakaryan. “In the coming weeks, the ANCA-Glendale will be working actively to engage voters and educate Glendale’s citizens on upcoming ballot measures.”
Nayiri Nahabedian has served the GUSD School Board since 2007 and has played a key role in maintaining small class sizes, supporting language immersion programs for elementary, middle, and high school aged students, in addition to advocating for anti-bullying policies district-wide. In the past Nahabedian has served as the vice-chair for the Commission on the Status of Women for the City of Glendale; the chair for the forum on Armenian Cultural and Social Sciences; and has founded community initiatives such as the Generation Next Mentorship program.
Jennifer Freemon has an extensive resume in supporting public education which ranges from teaching history and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) at Eleanor J. Toll Middle School, to serving as a mentor for new GUSD teachers. Freemon has played several active roles on the Franklin Elementary PTA as fundraising chair, treasurer, and president. She is also a former board member of the Occidental College Board of Governors and the past president of the National Charity League Juniors of Glendale.
Vahik Satoorian plays an active role in the Armenian-American community as president of the Davidian Mariamian Education Foundation and has served on various boards and subcommittees including the ANCA- Glendale and St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church board of directors. He has also served on the GUSD Superintendent’s Advisory Committee in addition to the participating in the Glendale Educational Foundation. Satoorian seeks to contribute his twenty-five years of work experience as a Certified Public Accountant in a manner that will assist the school-district in managing its annual budget.
This announcement follows the organization’s City Council endorsements of Councilwoman Paula Devine and candidate Vartan Gharpetian. The ANCA- Glendale also issued endorsements for incumbents Dr. Vahe Peroomian and Tony Tartaglia running for reelection for the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees.
For more information or if you are interested in getting involved, please contact ANCA-Glendale Community Outreach Coordinator Tigranna Zakaryan directly at [email protected] or call 818.243-3444
The ANCA-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.