GLENDALE–Not one to accept a political hand-me-down position–Ardashes "Ardy" Kassakhian became the first clerk since 1929–to reach the office by election–on Tuesday–not appointment.
Combining his passion for public service and enthusiasm for the political process–he ran a successful campaign–winning the position by a landslide. The charismatic–yet humbled Kassakhian 🙂 delivered his victory speech at the Rusty Pelican.
"We ran on three campaign issues–accessibility–outreach and education–and new technology," Kassakhian said. "These are not going to be overnight changes. We will have to work with other city departmen’s and people who have been in office many years. I will serve as long as it takes to get the job done."
Still reeling from his decisive victory from the day before–Kassakhian pointed to all the volunteers and supporters who helped make his win all the more heartwarming.
"The outpouring of support from a wide cross section of our community is encouraging–and the hardwork of getting elected is done. The even more important job of serving all of the people of Glendale–with the excellence they expect and deserve–must now began."
Kassakhian received 27.3% of the vote–beating out Paulette Mardikian–who had 13.7% of the votes–and George McCullough–who received 16.6%.