Several candidates supported by the Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee won Tuesday their respective Primary Races
One of the most important primaries took place in California’s 43rd State Assembly District–where the main contenders were Frank Quintero and Paul Krekorian–who had the backing of the Armenian National Committee as well as many other Armenian community leaders.
Krekorian won the Democratic Primary with 56% of the vote and will face his Republican challenger this November in the general election. An overwhelming majority of Armenian American voters residing the 43rd district voted for Krekorian.
The race for the seat turned ugly during its last few days when Quintero and his supporters resorted to a negative campaign aimed at dividing and insulting the Armenian electorate–creating outrage in the community.
Other winners Tuesday included: Adam Schiff with 82% of the vote in the 29th Congress District; Dianne Feinstein with 87% of the vote for Senator; Anthony Portantino with 43% of the vote in the 44th State Assembly District; and John Chiang with 53% for State Controller.
In the primary race for Lieutenant Governor–Jackie Kanchelian-Speier–with 38% of the vote–lost to John Garamendi who had 43%. Marty Simonoff also lost the Republican Primary in the 72nd State Assembly District.