[Updated] The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), Pasadena Chapter announced on Wednesday its endorsement of Mayor Terry Tornek, Boghos (Bo) Patatian in District 2, in District 4 and Steve Madison in District 6.
“The ANCA, Pasadena chapter’s support of Mayor Tornek’s candidacy for the second term is based on his proactive leadership during the last four years as the City’s Mayor and for his strong support of the Armenian American Community.” the statement reads.
Tornek is running against Victor Gordo, Major Williams and Jason Hardin.
Before serving as Mayor, he was elected twice to serve as City Councilmember for District 7. Mayor Tornek also served as Pasadena’s Planning Director for three years and helped to rewrite the zoning ordinance, the General Plan, and establish the redevelopment plan for Old Pasadena.
The group says during Tornek’s first term his key priorities included protecting Pasadena’s neighborhoods from overdevelopment, supporting public schools, public safety, and homelessness. He also advocated for the passing of Measure I and J campaigns to bring additional funds to city services and to public schools. During his tenure, the 710 Freeway extension plan was finally terminated, a major victory for Pasadena, that was decades in the making.
“I am very grateful for the ANCA endorsement. The Pasadena Armenian community makes a vital contribution to our City in so many ways and my relationship with ANCA is critical in reinforcing the connection.” Tornek said.
The Armenian National Committee of America – Pasadena Chapter is the oldest, largest, and most influential Armenian-American grassroots organization of its kind within the City of Pasadena. Founded in 1979, the Pasadena ANCA advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s thriving Armenian-American community and promotes increased civic service and participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.
Patatian received the group’s support based on his platform to provide secure streets, accessible government, financial stability, education equity and revitalized neighborhoods. Bo’s impressive involvement in local and state governance spans over two decades and he has worked for several members of California Legislature. Bo currently serves as a City Commissioner as the Mayor’s appointee to the Pasadena City Library Commission and is also a member of Pasadena’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.
“I am beyond honored and humbled by the faith placed in me by the Board of Directors of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) of Pasadena Chapter and I am appreciative of their vote of confidence and official endorsement,” Patatian said. “Having long served alongside the leadership of this venerable organization, I know firsthand how dedicated they are and the amount of time and energy they commit to pursuing the well being of the collective interests of our local Pasadena Armenian-American Community and its residents at large.”
In the District 6 race, the group opted to endorse Steve Madison.
“Councilmember Madison has an understanding of the issues that concern the Armenian American community in his district and the City of Pasadena overall, as well as the awareness and insight on how to improve on those issues,” Yepremian said.
Madison was first elected in 1999 to represent District 6, and was reelected four times since then. Madison has served on the Council’s Economic Development & Technology Committee (EDTECH), Public Safety Committee and Legislative Policy Committee, the Pasadena Center Operating Company Board, the Multimodal Operations and Development Entity Board, the Youth Development and Violence Prevention Task Force. He also served on the council’s special committee overseeing the recovery of over $5 million in embezzled funds. He is also one of Pasadena’s three appointees to and former President of the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Airport Authority Commission, which oversees the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.
Madison has been a strong advocate on Armenian American issues in Pasadena and in 2013 voted to approve the Armenian Genocide Memorial at Pasadena’s Memorial Park.
“I am deeply honored to receive an endorsement for my re-election from the Pasadena chapter of ANCA,” Madison said. “Pasadena is proud to have a vibrant, active and important ArmenianAmerican community and with our sister city in Armenia, Vanadzor, as well, issues of importance to the Armenian-American community are very important to me and the City of Pasadena. I intend to work very hard in my campaign to deserve the support of my friends at ANCA’s Pasadena Chapter.”
In the March 3 election candidates will need more than 50 percent of the vote win the election. If no one reaches that benchmark the top two candidates will face off nine months later in a runoff election on Nov. 3.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of this election and how critical it is that each registered voter within the City of Pasadena do their civic duty and vote,” said Shoghig Yepremian, ANCA Pasadena chapter chair. “We particularly encourage though, that all of our fellow Armenian-American voters, not only vote themselves, but also encourage all of their friends, family and associates to do so as well and furthermore to do all they can to show their support for our endorsed candidates by donating to their campaigns and volunteering their time and energies to ensure that they are successfully elected on March 3rd, 2020.”
The Armenian National Committee of America – Pasadena Chapter is the oldest, largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots organization of its kind within the City of Pasadena. Founded in 1979, the Pasadena ANCA advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s thriving Armenian-American community and promotes increased civic service and participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.
In October, ANCA endorsed District 4 City Council candidate Joe Baghdadlian.