GLENDALE–Glendale City Council candidate Rafi Manoukian kicked off his election campaign Saturday at a bloc-party rally at his campaign headquarters on 810 S. Central Ave.–with more than 100 supporters–volunteers and Glendale residents in attendance.
Red–white and blue streamers–balloons and banners lined the back lot of Rafi Manoukian’s campaign headquarters–as the enthusiastic voters made their way to the gathering–amid music–food and a commitment to take an active role in the upcoming municipal elections.
His pledge of becoming the candidate for "All of Glendale," was evident–as a cross-section of the population turned out to meet and hear the 38 year-old public servant and community leader.
"This is your campaign. This is the people’s campaign. If we all come together–we can make a difference and lead our city to greater heights," Manoukian told his excited supporters thanking them for their support and kicking off the ongoing precinct walks and campaign activities.
Manoukian was introduced to the anxious crowd by campaign volunteer–attorney Peter Hosharian. He outlined Rafi Manoukian’s dedication to the city and his dream of serving the people of Glendale. The crowd cheered as the candidate took the podium and explained his position on several important issues confronting the city and its residents. Campaign manager and former staffer for Rep. Brad Sherman–Adrin Nazarian–instructed the volunteers on various campaign-related activities–which included voter outreach and platform presentation.
In December–Manoukian announced his intention to seek one of two vacant city council seats–after Councilman Larry Zarian and Mayor Eileen Givens announced that they would not run for re-election in the April 6 municipal elections. On February 2–Manoukian submitted more than 200 nomination signatures to the Glendale City Clerk–officially registering as a candidate for the April 6 Municipal Elections.
Rafi Manoukian–a Certified Public Accountant by profession–and his wife Zovig have resided in Glendale for more than 11 years–bringing up their three children. A veteran of the Air Force–Rafi Manoukian was awarded a commendation medal for outstanding achievement.
Manoukian is currently serving on the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors–and chairs the Legislative Action Committee. Manoukian has also served as the Chairperson of the Armenian National Committee of Glendale and as treasurer of the Armenian Cultural Association–Hamazkayin.
Rafi Manoukian’s commitment to improving the quality of education for all of Glendale was demonstrated through his active participation and leadership in the passage of proposition K in 1997. Manoukian currently serves on the Glendale Unified School District’s Advisory Bond Committee. He has also participated in the Glendale Leadership program and the city’s pilot mediation training program. On the recommendation of his principal surgeon–Dr. Roy Sessions–His Holiness Karekin I–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–underwent oral surgery Friday–February 5. Following the procedure–His Holiness has been recovering under the supervision of his doctors.
According to Dr. Sessions–His Holiness is in stable condition. Sessions added that His Holiness will be able to leave the hospital in about ten days.
The Diocese of the Armenian Church will continue to provide updates on this matter.