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Proven Record of Leadership

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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 primary election will be held on June 7, 2016.

Ardy's Endorsements

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State Officials
State Treasurer John Chiang*
State Treasurer John Chiang*
Secretary of State Alex Padilla*
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson*
State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma*
State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León*
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez* (ret.)
Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon*
Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer* (ret.)
Assembly Majority Leader Walter Karabian* (ret.)
Assembly Member Matt Dababneh*
Assembly Member Mike Gipson*
Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez*
Assembly Member Evan Low*
Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian*
Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra* (ret.)
Assembly Member Steven Bradford* (ret.)
Assembly Member Jackie Goldberg* (ret.)
Assembly Member Anthony Portantino* (ret.) 

National Leaders
Former Democratic Presidential Nominee Gov. Michael Dukakis*
Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30)*
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14)*
Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16)*
Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06)*
State Senator (SD-21) Marko Liias Washington State*
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian* 

Local Officials
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti*
L.A. City Council Member David Ryu*
L.A. City Council Member Paul Krekorian*
L.A. City Council Member Gil Cedillo*
L.A. City Council Member Mitchell Englander*
L.A. City Council Member Felipe Fuentes*
L.A. City Council Member Nury Martinez*
L.A. City Council Member Rudy Svorinich, Jr. (ret.)
Mayor of Glendale Carl Raggio* (ret.)
Mayor of Glendale Dave Weaver* (ret.)
Glendale City Treasurer Rafi Manoukian*
Glendale City Council Member Zareh Sinanyan*
Mayor of Burbank Jess Talamantes*
Burbank Council Member Bob Frutos*
Burbank Council Member Dr. David Gordon*
Burbank Council Member Tim Murphy* (ret.)
Crescenta Valley Town Council Vice President Harry Leon*
South Pasadena Council Member Dr. Marina Khubesrian, M.D.*
Sierra Madre Council Member John Harabedian*
West Hollywood Council Member John J. Duran*
Cathedral City Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Pettis*
Artesia City Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj* 

Education Leaders
L.A. Community College Board President Scott J. Svonkin*
L.A. Community College Board Trustee Mike Fong*
L.A. Community College Board Trustee Andra Hoffman*
LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer*
Glendale Community College Board President Tony Tartaglia*
Glendale Community College Board Vice President Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian*
Glendale Community College Board Clerk Dr. Armine Hacopian*
Glendale Community College Board Member Ann H. Ransford*
Glendale Community College Board Member Dr. Vahé Peroomian*
Glendale Community College Board Member Victor King* (ret.)
Glendale Board of Education President Dr. Armina Gharpetian*
Glendale Board of Education Vice President Nayiri Nahabedian*
Glendale Board of Education Member Christine Walters*
Glendale Board of Education Member Sandy Russell* (ret.)
Burbank Board of Education Clerk Steve Ferguson*
Burbank Board of Education Member Dr. Armond Aghakhanian*
Burbank Board of Education Member Dr. Roberta Reynolds*
South Pasadena Board of Education Member Dr. Suzie Abajian*
Cerritos Community College Board Trustee Tina Cho* (ret.)
Long Beach Community College District Trustee Sunny Zia* 

Labor Organizations
California Labor Federation
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 36
California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
California Professional Firefighters (CPF)
California School Employees Association (CSEA)
California Teachers Association (CTA)
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC)
Glendale City Employees’ Association
Glendale Management Association (GMA)
International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees (IATSE) Local 80
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 18 & 40
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Southern California District Council
Ironworkers Locals 416 & 433
Laborers’ (LiUNA!) Pacific Southwest Region
Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL)
Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Teamsters Joint Council 42
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) 

Community Organizations
Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DP/SFV)
Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR)
Armenian Rights Council of America
Avance Democratic Club
CSUN Young Democrats
Democrats for Israel
Democrats for Neighborhood Action
East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD)
Glendale Democratic Club
Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club
Korean American Democratic Committee (KADC)
Mexican-American Bar Association (MABA) PAC
Pro-Active Democrats
San Fernando Valley Young Democrats (SFVYD)
Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD)
Stonewall Democratic Club
Stonewall Young Democrats 

Community Leaders
Emin Adjemian
David Ambroz, President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission*
Caro Avanessian, President of Glendale Democratic Club*
Aline Babaian, Democratic State Central Committee Member*
Christopher Boutelle, Past-President of Democrats for Neighborhood Action*
Arthur Charchian
Jamie Garcia, Democratic State Central Committee Member*
Jordan Del Guercio, Democratic State Central Committee Member*
Deborah Dentler, Past-President of Glendale Water and Power Commission*
Laurie L. Goldman, President of Friends of the Hollywood Central Park*
Grigor Hakobyan
John Hisserich, Silver Lake resident and Democratic Party activist
Malcolm Johnson, Democratic State Central Committee Member*
Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, LGBT activists and plaintiffs in anti-Prop 8 lawsuit
Adel Luzuriaga
Hans Johnson, President of East Area Progressive Democrats*
Silva Kechichian, Democratic State Central Committee Member*
T.C. Kim
Luis Lopez, Democratic Party activist
Leonard Manoukian, Democratic State Central Committee Member*
Leon Mayer, City of Glendale resident
Don Mincey
Ani Nazaryan, Glendale resident and Democratic Party activist
Thomas Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Region 3 Vice Chair of Los Angeles County Democratic Party*
Ari Ruiz, President of Stonewall Young Democrats*
Anthony R. Segall, General Counsel of Writers Guild of America, West*
Shant Sahakian, City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commissioner*
Judy Smith, Chair of City of Burbank Landlord-Tenant Commission*
Garry Willis, Democratic State Central Committee Member* 

*Titles for identification purposes only