PASADENA–Residents of the city of Pasadena will elect three new representatives on March 6 to their influential City Council board. Of the five candidates running for city council–only one is an Armenian. The nonpartisan body of seven members assists the mayor in making important citywide decisions related to development–utilities–and availability of community services. Currently–there are no Armenia’s on the Board despite the substantial portion of Armenia’s who reside in Pasadena.
Ciran Hadjian–33–a committed city planner with government and private sector experience–has resolved to oust the incumbent who now represents Pasadena’s District Seven. "I am seeking office to ensure that the character and reputation of Pasadena continues. I would also like to bring an Armenian voice to the city council," Hadjian said.
Hadjian has served the city for two terms as a member of Pasadena’s Planning Commission–and currently serves as a mayor-appointed Library Commissioner. She will be squaring off against Sid Tyler–a retired healthcare businessman. Unlike Hadjian–who has worked in both public and private sectors–and as a community planner for Los Angeles and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development–Tyler has little in the way of community development qualifications and hands-on experience.
Ciran Hadjian also brings a breadth of management experience as well as educational credentials in city planning and business administration. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA; Master of Urban & Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona; Master of Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at USC; and Executive Certificate in Public Management from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.
Born and raised in Pasadena–Hadjian has been consistent and vocal in her commitmen’s and values. Among the top of her values is her culture. Hadjian’s election to City Council not only will help represent Armenia’s living in Pasadena–but will enhance the collective footprint of Armenia’s in the US. Your support in Hadjian’s campaign can help pave the way for a more powerful Armenian voice in America. For more information–to help or contribute–contact the campaign at (626) 793-6276–or log onto www.CiranforCouncil.com.