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ANCA-WR Endorses Ardy Kassakhian For Assembly
Highlights Ardy’s commitment to justice and civic engagement
GLENDALE – Ardy Kassakhian on Thursday announced the endorsement of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) and its local chapters in Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood and La Crescenta. The endorsement vote was unanimous in support of Ardy’s candidacy. For nearly a century, the ANCA-WR has worked to educate, motivate and activate the Armenian-American community in the western United States on a wide range of issues.
“Our decision was based on Ardy’s decades of involvement, service and dedication to the Armenian-American community,” said Nora Hovsepian, Chair of the ANCA-WR. “We are confident that he will continue to build on this strong track record when elected to the California State Assembly.”
“My heritage is central to who I am, and I am proud to have the support of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region,” said Kassakhian. “Making voter registration and turnout easier for all communities will be one of my top priorities in the Assembly,” said Kassakhian.
Ardy Kassakhian launched his Assembly campaign last year. Since that time, he has been meeting with voters and community leaders from Los Feliz to La Cañada to get their perspectives on issues facing their communities. Kassakhian is running to represent Assembly District 43, which includes the communities of Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The primary election will be held on June 7, 2016. To learn more about Ardy Kassakhian, visit his website at www.ardyforassembly.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Ardy Kassakhian grew up and attended public schools in Glendale. He was first elected Glendale City Clerk in 2005. As Clerk, he has reduced government waste by introducing environmentally sound practices, made election information easier to access and worked to increase voter participation. Prior to winning his bid for Clerk, Kassakhian served ANCA Western Region’s Governmental Affairs and Executive Director from 2001-2004. During his tenure, Kassakhian advocated for increased trade and cooperation between the US and Armenia, recognition of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh), for official US reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide and for the rights of Armenian-American citizens around the U.S. Ardy graduated from UCLA and the Executive Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife Courtney and their young son in Glendale.
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.