LAS VEGAS–Armenian Americans in the Silver State gathered together on October 24th for a fundraiser held in support of Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (NV-1). Last month, the Congresswoman’secured a strong endorsement from the nation’s largest and most active Armenian American political action committee, the Armenian National Committee–Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC).
"We are pleased to be supporting Shelley Berkley and want her back in Washington next year," shared ANC-PAC supporter and Las Vegas resident Ara Shirinian. "She has been a strong ally to her Armenian American constituents and a forceful advocate for improving America’s relationship with Armenia," Shirinian added.
Representatives of Armenia’s for Obama were also on hand at the Berkley fundraiser. Nevada supported Democrat Bill Clinton for president in 1992 and 1996, and backed Republican George W. Bush in the two most recent elections. Political observers say the state could go to either party this year, making the Armenian American voting bloc important to the outcome of the presidential election.
"I am encouraged at the high level of support for the Obama/Biden ticket among Armenian Americans in Nevada," remarked Armenia’s for Obama leader Sarig Armenian. "We clearly know what a key constituency our community is here in the Silver State. With only days to go before the election, our number one goal now is getting our community members to the polls to vote to make Senator Obama our next President," Armenian added.
Congresswoman Berkley began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in January of 1999. She represents the First Congressional District of Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and unincorporated areas in Clark County. The district is home to a large and growing Armenian American community and a diverse number of Armenian civic organizations.
The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support campaign committees for Members of Congress who share the values of the Armenian American community. The ANC-PAC is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the voice of the Armenian American community is clearly heard in our nation’s capital. The ANC-PAC continues a century old tradition of Armenian American engagement on the public policy issues facing national political leaders, both in the U.S. Congress and the White House. For more information, you may logon to www.ancpac.org.