CITY HALL — A simple trip abroad once again turned into a head-of-state affair for Mayor Ara Najarian, who during a weeklong visit to Glendale's Korean sister city was courted by both frontrunners in the nation's upcoming presidential election.
His scheduled itinerary for the official trip to Goseong, one of Glendale's six sister cities, had included meetings with a range of local government officials, as well as visits to other cities in the region in order to enhance relations and learn more about the culture.
"It turned into something much larger," said Najarian, who returned Friday. "It was really raised to the international level."
Once he arrived, a member of the Korean parliament arranged for Najarian to meet with Geun-hy Park, a fellow member of parliament and current frontrunner for the 2012 presidential election.