On Sunday, January 27, Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian launched his 2013 re-election campaign with a packed crowd of over 200 family, friends and supporters at the Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale.
Despite the rainy weather, the attendees traveled from as far away as San Diego to support their candidate. There was a short program before the sit-down dinner. Maro Yacoubian, Ara’s sister, opened the evening with a welcoming introduction and relaying mischievous childhood anecdotes of Ara much to the amusement of the audience.
Councilman Najarian took the stage to outline his notable achievements during his 8 years as a Glendale City councilman and two term Mayor.. The issue of Pedestrian Safety was first comprehensively addressed by Ara back in 2009 when he successfully won the bid for Glendale to receive one of 3 Pedestrian Safety Grants from the State in conjunction with UC Berkeley Office of Traffic and Safety. He also discussed the work he has done to increase parks, build a new swimming pool, maintain excellent police and fire service, and preserve the historical neighborhoods of Glendale. Ara also talked about his accomplishments on the MTA Board of Directors relating to transportation projects throughout L.A County. Ara also announced to the audience that the Glendale Police and Fire Departments have officially endorsed him.
Notably in attendance were L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. As part of the program, these gentlemen each spoke adamantly in favor of Ara’s re-election bid. They all echoed the similar sentiment that Councilman Najarian must retain his seat on the council as he is a powerful advocate for Glendale and for the region.
Supervisor Yaroslavsky passionately stressed Ara’s importance to the attendees.
“Ara fights hard for Glendale…Believe me he fights hard for Glendale. But Ara also fights for what is right for the region as a whole.” He continued to say that
“What we need is more Ara Najarians who think about all of us and not just the next 6 months. That is what a statesman is all about.... Among us there is one statesman sitting here and that is Ara Najarian.”
Former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino said that “there is no more critical time then right now to re-elect Ara, everybody think about that. There is no more critical time than now. There are issues that effect Glendale both locally and regionally that he is involved in.” He continued by saying that “ [Ara] is a man that understands how important it is to bring people together to solve problems. To be above the petty divisive politics. Glendale needs that.”
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard reiterated the sentiments of the previous speakers and added “ I can confirm that his [Ara’s] leadership role has been strong, it’s been effective and is needed as we go forward in dealing with the 710 and gold line extension and other issue of a regional nature”
With Councilman Najarian’s campaign officially underway, he will be attending numerous events throughout the city addressing the concerns of residents.
If you would like to volunteer for his campaign please contact Hrag Kitsinian at (818) 660-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org