March 4, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Armen Sahakyan
tel. (818) 500-1918

ANCA-WR Endorsed Federal, State and Los Angeles County and City Candidates Record Significant Victory in March 3 California Primary Elections

LOS ANGELES, CA — Preliminary results of the March 3rd California Primary elections indicate that of all the 36 candidates endorsed by the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) for the federal, state, and Los Angeles races, 33 of them have won and/or advanced to the next stage. The ANCA-WR recorded a sweeping victory in the federal and state level, where nearly all of its endorsed candidates were victorious.

Since September of 2019, ANCA-WR’s HyeVotes initiative has been actively registering people to vote and assisting in voter outreach efforts especially in areas with a high concentration of Armenian-American constituencies for the March 3 Primaries. The active phase of this campaign for the 2020 election cycle will continue until November 2020, gearing up to the general elections. Launched in 2012, HyeVotes is a regionwide, non-partisan initiative to engage community members in the electoral process. The HyeVotes initiative works in coalition with a network of non-profit organizations, student groups, and community members to register and encourage the community to vote while also serving as a source for voter information. For more information, please visit: www.hyevotes.org.

“ANCA Western Region has always been actively engaged in electoral processes, ensuring that our community’s collective voice is heard loud and clear throughout the western U.S.,” remarked the organization’s Chair Nora Hovsepian, Esq. “Through our endorsement process and the ongoing HyeVotes initiative, we’re proud to have once again ensured a high level of engagement and participation from our community irrespective of political and party affiliations. We congratulate all of our endorsed candidates and look forward to continuing to build on our relationships moving forward as we seek ways to advance the Armenian Cause together.”

A complete list of ANCA-WR endorsed candidates and their preliminary results as of March 4, 2020 are provided below:

Federal Races
Judy Chu – CA Congressional 27th District – Advanced to General Elections
Jim Costa – CA Congressional 16th District – Advanced to General Elections
Anna Eshoo – CA Congressional 18th District – Advanced to General Elections
Ted Lieu – CA Congressional 33rd District – Advanced to General Elections
Linda Sanchez – CA Congressional 38th District – Advanced to General Elections
Adam Schiff – CA Congressional 28th District – Advanced to General Elections
Brad Sherman – CA Congressional 30th District – Advanced to General Elections
Christy Smith – CA Congressional 25th District – Advanced to General Elections
Jackie Speier – CA Congressional 14th District – Advanced to General Elections

State Senate
Toni Atkins – 39th District – Re-elected (Running unopposed)
Anthony Portantino – 25th District – Re-elected (Running unopposed)
Henry Stern – 27th District – Advanced to General Elections
Scott Wiener – 11th District – Advanced to General Elections
Scott Wilk – 21st District – Advanced to General Elections

State Assembly
Marc Berman – 24th District – Advanced to General Elections
Lisa Calderon – 57th District – Advanced to General Elections
Laura Friedman – 43rd District – Advanced to General Elections
Jesse Gabriel – 45th District- Re-elected (Running Unopposed)
Chris Holden – 41st District – Advanced to General Elections
Adrin Nazarian – 46th District – Advanced to General Elections
Jim Patterson – 23rd District – Re-elected (Running Unopposed)
Sharon Quirk-Silva – 65th District – Advanced to General Elections
Anthony Rendon – 63rd District – Advanced to General Elections
Luz Rivas – 39th District – Advanced to General Elections
Los Angeles County Races
Kathryn Barger – LA County Board of Supervisors 5th District – Re-elected
George Gascon – LA County District Attorney – Not Elected (pending final results)
Elen Asatryan – Democratic County Central Committee – Elected
Ingrid Gunnell – Democratic County Central Committee – Not Elected
Malcolm Johnson – Democratic County Central Committee – Not Elected
Los Angeles City Races
Kevin De Leon – Los Angeles City Council 14th District – Elected
Paul Krekorian – Los Angeles City Council 2nd District – Re-elected
John Lee – Los Angeles City Council 12th District – Re-elected
David Ryu – Los Angeles City Council 4th District – Leading
LAUSD School Board Races
Jackie Goldberg – Los Angeles Unified School District Board – Re-elected
Scott Schmerelson – Los Angeles Unified School District Board – First Place (Advanced to General Elections)
The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region is the largest and most influential nonpartisan 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 in pursuit of the Armenian Cause.
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