September 27, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dickran Khodanian
tel. (818) 500-1918

ANCA-WR Announces Endorsements for California State Executive Offices and U.S. Senate

--Stay Tuned for Additional Endorsements

GLENDALE – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region announced this week its endorsements for the California State Executive Offices and U.S. Senate for the upcoming general election slated for November 6, 2018.

U.S. Senate
Kevin de Leon (D)

California State Governor
Gavin Newsom (D)

California Lieutenant Governor
Eleni Kounalakis (D)

California Secretary of State
Alex Padilla (D)

California State Controller
Betty Yee (D)

California State Treasurer
Fiona Ma, CPA (D)

California State Insurance Commissioner
Ricardo Lara (D)

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Thurmond (D)

Additional endorsements for Congressional and State Legislative races will be announced in the coming weeks.

As a part of the endorsement process, the ANCA-WR Board works in conjunction with its Election Committee and local chapter constituents to carefully review each incumbent’s track record and each new candidate’s answers to a questionnaire. Interviews are then conducted to determine which candidates best grasp the needs of the Armenian American community. ANCA-WR endorsements are based largely on the candidate’s preparedness and ability to address issues ranging from promoting Armenian Genocide education in public schools, support for the independent Republics of Armenia, justice for the Armenian Genocide, and Artsakh, and local community needs.

Polls will open at 7am and close at 8pm in California. California residents should visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ for questions or may call the ANCA-WR office at 818-500-1918 for more information.

The deadline to register to vote for the November general election is October 22, 2018. Voters may request vote-by-mail ballots before October 30, 2018.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues. Its endowment arm, the Armenian National Committee-Western Region, promotes education and awareness about issues related to the Armenian Cause.