Overwhelming Majority of ANCA-WR Endorsed Candidates Win



LOS ANGELES—While Donald Trump’s ascent to the US presidency has dominated the election news cycle, candidates vying for federal, state and local offices also had reason to celebrate Tuesday night, as an overwhelming majority of candidates endorsed by the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region won their races.

California voters returned former State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino to the State Capitol in his new role as a State Senator from the 25th district. He beat LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, garnering 57.5 percent of the votes. Former Assemblymember Scott Wilk won his race for the State Senate from the 21st district by receiving 54.8 percent of the votes. Candidates Scott Wiener (D-11), Ling-Ling Chang (R-29) and incumbent Ricardo Lara (D-33) also won their bids for the California State Senate.

On the California State Assembly front, the much-watched and anticipated race in the 43rd district saw Glendale City Councilmember Laura Friedman defeat Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian, in a race marred by Friedman’s underhanded tactics, which often saw overt anti-Armenian assertions. On Wednesday morning, campaign officials and the ANCA-WR Hye Votes administrators were working hard to tally the Armenian vote, which was at its highest during the June 7 California Primary Elections.

Incumbent Adrin Nazarian won his re-election bid in the state’s 46th Assembly district. All other ANCA-WR-endorsed candidates for the State Assembly won their races, with the exception of Cheryl Brown from the state’s 47th Assembly district.

ANCA-WR-endorsed candidate Katheryn Barger won her bid for the Los Angeles County Supervisor’s seat, which was long held by Antonovich who was termed out.

Californians voted to elect State Attorney General Kamal Harris to the US Senate, filling the vacancy left by Barbara Boxer who held that position since 1992 and who announced her retirement earlier this year. Thus, ANCA-WR-endorsed Rep. Loretta Sanchez was unsuccessful in her bid for that seat.

All ANCA-WR-endorsed candidates for the House of Representatives won their elections on Tuesday.

The ANCA-WR-endorsed Measure GC, a $325-million bond that will pay for major upgrades at Glendale Community College, handily was approved by the 73 percent of voters.

Source: Asbarez
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