Proven Record of Leadership
Ardy Kassakhian has a proven record of leadership and the ability to bring people together to get things done. As Glendale’s City Clerk for the past ten years, Ardy modernized the clerk’s operation with new technology and environmentally sustainable practices that save taxpayer money. He took the initiative to provide election information in more languages to increase voter participation and expanded government transparency and accountability by shining a light on the inner workings of City Hall.
Experience Fighting for Working Families
Ardy is running to put his experience to work for the people of Assembly District 43. His priorities will be building a growing economy, strong public schools, and safe and healthy neighborhoods. As the son of immigrants, Ardy wants every Californian to have the same opportunity to reach for the American Dream that his family had. Building on his experience as Glendale’s chief elections officer, he will work to increase voter turnout and give voters more information about who is funding campaigns.
Leading from an Early Age
Ardy was first elected as City Clerk in 2005, making history as the youngest person ever elected to public office in Glendale. As City Clerk, he is responsible for overseeing city elections, enforcing campaign finance regulations, providing public access to city records, and advising the City Council on procedures. Ardy serves as Secretary of the Glendale Economic Development Corporation, designed to attract new businesses to Glendale and spur job creation.
Earlier in his career, Ardy led the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region and its advocacy program, working with elected officials at every level of government on efforts to promote international human rights and expand tolerance.
Ardy graduated with a degree in history from UCLA and is currently completing a Masters in Public Policy. With his long record of public service and advocacy, he earned a spot at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government in 2009 and completed the Coro Foundation Executive Fellowship Program.
Deep Roots in Our Community
Ardy has deep roots in the district, where he grew up and attended public schools. Ardy’s dad is a retired scientist and his mom is a proud member of the Glendale Teachers Association, with 30 years of teaching experience. Ardy’s wife Courtney is an elementary school principal and the grandchild of immigrants from Mexico and Spain. Ardy and Courtney live in Glendale with their young son.
The 43rd Assembly District encompasses Glendale, Burbank, La Crescenta, Montrose, La Canada Flintridge, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Incumbent Assemblymember Mike Gatto cannot run for re-election due to term limits. The general election will be held on November 8th, 2016.