GLENDALE—Fresh off her victory against Republican challenger, Craig Huey, Congresswoman-elect Janice Hahn was congratulated by the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region. Hahn had been endorsed by the ANCA-WR during the primaries and had again received the organization’s endorsement for the general special election. She will be replacing the retired representative from the district, Genocide denier Jane Harman.
ANCA-WR Board Chairman Andrew Kzirian said, “We are proud to support candidates who have shown their leadership in standing up for human rights and justice but also those who are dedicated to the community they represent. Through our early support, we knew Janice Hahn was that person and we are happy that voters in the South Bay agreed with us on Election Day.”
He also added, “Our heart goes out to Ms. Hahn as we know that this very joyous occasion unfortunately coincided with the passing of her beloved mother. We offer our deepest condolences to her and her family and we wish them only the best.” Hahn’s mother passed away the day before the election.
The campaign was also helped by a small but dedicated group of Armenian American activists, led by ANCA-South Bay representative Azniv Goenjian.
Goenjian was in the campaign office regularly to phone bank for the campaign and she commented on the impact she believes it made:
“Although we had a big victory on Election Day, we were working until the end, knowing that we couldn’t take the win for granted. We pushed until the end and Janice won a race she deserved to win.”
Congresswoman-elect Hahn is tentatively scheduled to be sworn in on Tuesday, July 19, on the floor of the House of Representatives.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.