LOS ANGELES, CA – The Armenian Council of America-PAC (ACA-PAC) is proud to announce its endorsement of candidates for the March 7 Los Angeles Municipal elections.
The endorsement process included a careful evaluation and analysis of the background of each candidate, their commitment to public service, actions they have taken towards promoting good governance in the City of Los Angeles for its citizens, and their future goals towards the prosperity and positive growth of the city.
Los Angeles has been home to hundreds of thousands of citizens of Armenian descent for many decades and Armenian Americans have been an integral force in the fabric and makeup of this racially, ethnically, religiously, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse city. Therefore, it is our civic duty and moral obligation to continue to contribute to this great city and pass down that sense of responsibility and pride to succeeding generations of Armenian Americans by exercising our voting rights at the polls.
For the Los Angeles City Mayoral seat, ACA-PAC is pleased to endorse Mayor Garcetti to continue his active agenda towards the betterment of the City and all its residents. As Mayor, Eric Garcetti has been an active and engaged supporter of the Armenian American community, and has participated and provided support for several community-wide events and programs.
In the Los Angeles City Council elections, ACA-PAC is proud to endorse Monica Rodriguez for the Los Angeles City Council District 7 (CD 7). CD 7 encompasses one of the most vibrant and fastest growing Armenian American communities in Los Angeles, yet the district has been grossly neglected by the revolving door of past City Councilmembers whose political ambitions led them to abandon the district and ignore the growing needs and concerns of CD 7. Monica knows first-hand how the years of neglect and broken promises have hurt CD 7, and is committed to creating a long standing legacy of good governance. Most Armenians are raised with the understanding that it is up to us individually, and as a community, to advocate for causes we believe in if we wish to see change. Through different organizations, we volunteer our time to ensure that a variety of issues that are important to us as Armenians are being addressed and recognized. We fight through our advocacy work to make sure that our morals and values are being reflected and represented within our communities for the betterment of our neighborhoods. Monica Rodriguez’s parents raised her with the same philosophy that our parents raised us with. As a longtime community leader, non-profit director, public servant, and as a mom, Monica has a sense of obligation and immense pride towards the community that she grew up in and is raising her own children in.
Monica Rodriguez has been an advocate with a clear, unmistakable voice for the betterment of the North-East Valley practically all of her life. Simply put, she cares deeply for the neighborhood she has always called home and will do everything in her power for its improvement. She is the right person for the job, to ensure that the voices in the community are being reflected in every way. That is why we are in support of Monica Rodriguez for the office of City Council for District 7.
ACA-PAC is also proud to continue supporting Council District 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. Through his first term, Councilmember O’Farrell has shown his dedication and hard work; including helping restore the blighted sections of the district, and listening to the concerns of the entire community. Councilmember O’Farrell initiated the designation of the “Little Armenia” intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Western Avenue, the ‘Armenian Genocide Memorial Square.’ As he has done in previous years, as well as subsequent years, Councilmember O’Farrell and his office were also instrumental in garnering and organizing City support for the March for Justice, commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, which drew over 160 thousand participants. He has been and continues to be, an ardent supporter of the Armenian Cause, Armenian American issues, and Artsakh. We are certain O’Farrell’s leadership will continue to improve CD 13, which includes the community of Little Armenia, and look forward to our working relationship with him.
ACA-PAC encourages all Armenian Americans to exercise their civic duties and rights as citizens on March 7 by voting for these candidates who represent our common values, ideals and aspiration for the progress of our long-standing and growing communities in Los Angeles.
Other notable mentions within the upcoming Los Angeles City Municipal elections include, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield for Los Angeles City Council District 3, Councilmember Paul Koretz for Los Angeles City Council District 5, Gregory Martayan for Member of the Board of Education LAUSD District 4, and Araz Parseghian for Member of the Board of Education LAUSD District 6.