GLENDALE–Eager voters and concerned citizens gathered at St. Mary’s Apostolic Church on Sunday–March 13–to meet the ANCG endorsed candidates. The event–hosted by the Armenian National Committee of Glendale–offered community members and candidates for city office a chance to speak one and one and exchange ideas.
Unlike the numerous candidate forums that have been held–this event offered Armenian–Americans an opportunity to ask candidates more specific and personal questions. Non-English speaking citizens were grateful for the opportunity to ask questions of non-Armenian speaking candidates with the assistance of a translator. Furthermore–the format of the event allowed candidates to spend time with individual voters. Rather than responding to questions in 30 seconds–candidates could spend as much time as needed to answer questions or listen to voter’s concerns.
"The candidate forum was an exciting opportunity to have supporters and community members ask questions about our platform–ideas and show their support for my candidacy," commented Ardashes "Ardy" Kassakhian–candidate for City Clerk. "The rally really fed into the energy and momentum of our campaign and the Glendale ANC is doing a tremendous job in raising awareness about this upcoming election."
Anahid "Anna" Oshagan–candidate for City Council added–"These are great opportunities for voters to meet candidates and get to know them on a personal level. As a candidate–it’s great to be able to spend time with the voters and listen to their concerns. After all–these elections are about the voters not the candidates–and only by knowing and understanding the communities needs can we candidates become strong leaders."
Other candidates present included: City Council candidates Ara Najarian (current Glendale College Trustee)–Larry Miller and Mayor Bob Yousefian; School Board Candidates Greg Krikorian (current school board President) and Chuck Sambar (current school board member)–and Nayiri Nahabedian; College Board candidates Dr. Armine Hacopian (current trustee) and Victor King (current trustee).
For more information regarding the candidates or ways to get involved–please contact the Armenian National Committee of Glendale at (818) 243-3444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.