PASADENA, CA –Armenian American voters in the City of Pasadena will head to the polls on March 10, 2009 to elect individuals to the City Council and Board of Education. Among the candidates running for office is Ciran Hadjian, who is seeking to be the first Armenian American elected to the Pasadena City Council in over a decade. A number of Armenian American groups in Pasadena, including the Armenian National Committee, have met with Hadjian and praised her run for public office in Council District District 7.
A number of friends of the Armenian American community in Pasadena are seeking election or re-election on March 10th. Among them is incumbent Councilman Chris Holden, who represents Council District 3 and has enjoyed an enduring friendship with the Armenian American community. Likewise, Councilman Victor Gordo who hails from the 5th Council District is up for re-election. Gordo, who is a friend to many Armenian Americans in Pasadena, is a frequent visitor to the Pasadena Armenian Center on Washington Boulevard.
Pasadena is a charter city with a city council-city manager form of government. Pasadena has seven City Council districts and beginning in May 1999, a Mayor elected at-large. Each district elects a Councilmember for a four-year term and the Mayor is elected in a city-wide election for a four-year term.
Among those running for re-election and election to the Pasadena Unified School District are a number of friends of the Armenian American community including; Elizabeth Pomeroy in Seat 1 that includes Altadena, Hamilton, Roosevelt, Blair IB Magnet schools, Scott Phelps in Seat 3 that includes Cleveland, Don Benito, San Rafael, Marshall, Ramon Miramontes in Seat 5 that includes Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Washington Accelerated, Rose City schools and longtime Board member from Seat 7 Ed Honowitz who area includes Jackson, Sierra Madre, McKinley, Eliot Middle schools.
Candidates who receive a majority (50% plus one) of the votes at the primary nominating election on March 10th are elected to the respective office. If not, the names of the candidates receiving the two highest number of votes for the respective office will be placed on the ballot for the general (run-off) election, which is scheduled to be held on April 21, 2009.
For further information regarding Pasadena elections, Armenian American voters are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (626) 744-4124.
Pasadena City Council candidate Ciran Hadjian with her family