PASASENA, CA – On March 4, the Armenian Council of America (ACA) proudly welcomed Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) to the A.E.B.U. “Soghanalian Hall” for a meet and greet with ACA members, community leaders, youth members, and activists.

“We were honored to have Congresswoman Chu take out the time to speak to us about issues that are important to us as constituents and as members of the international community,” said ACA Chairman, Sevak Khatchadorian. “Her enthusiasm, dedication to improving the community through the economy, and her concern about international issues are admirable qualities of a great leader worthy of support.”

Master of Ceremonies Christine Aghakhanian introduced the Congresswoman as she detailed her past achievements and future goals before the Congresswoman took the stage to begin her informative and inspirational presentation. She provided a synopsis on her three decade-long history in public service in the San Gabriel Valley and stated that one of her main focuses as the next representative of the 27th Congressional District is to help small businesses grow so that they can contribute to the economy. She also discussed international topics such as her support for aid to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and her commitment to advance recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

Congresswoman Chu strongly encouraged participation of Armenian-Americans in grassroots activism in all parts of the United States, so that the interests and concerns of our community are not overlooked or voted against due to pressures from the Turkish communities. She mentioned how decisions are being made all the time in Washington with disregard to the interests of the Armenian-American communities because of the lack of political involvement in regions of the country which lack sizeable populations of Armenian-Americans.

The program concluded with a question and answer session where the Congresswoman further pledged her support for Armenian-American causes and issues.

Congresswoman Chu is currently representing the 35th congressional district. Because of re-districting, she is running for the 27th Congressional District historically represented by long-time friend of the Armenian-American community, Congressman Adam Schiff. The 27th Congressional includes the areas of Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Glendora, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Temple City and parts of Claremont, Monrovia and Upland.

The Armenian Council of America is a grassroots organization dedicated to work with all political leaders, offering Armenian related news, analysis and resources for policymakers, media, students and activists, advocating issues important to Armenian Americans. The Armenian Council of America aims to strengthen U.S. – Armenia and U.S. – Nagorno Karabakh ties, the development of programs promoting sustainable economic growth and good governance in Armenia, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship.

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