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Races come down to the wire

Budget constraints have limited campaign materials, which may mean a low turnout.

April 04, 2011|By Melanie Hicken,

CITY HALL — Thousands of Glendale residents are expected to hit the polls Tuesday to decide three races and a $270 million school bond measure.

After months of campaigning and facing off at more than a dozen candidate forums, incumbent City Councilmen Dave Weaver and John Drayman will compete against challengers Rafi Manoukian, Chahe Keuroghelian, Mike Mohill and Garen Mailyan for two spots on the Glendale City Council.

Registered voters can cast their ballots between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday at one of the city’s 56 polling places. Residents looking to find their polling place can visit the City Clerk’s website at


Voters will also have a chance to select candidates in the races for Glendale Unified Board of Education and the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees, as well as to weigh in on Measure S, a proposed $270-million school bond.

Incumbents Nayiri Nahabedian and Mary Boger are running against Ingrid Gunnell, Jennifer Freemon, Vahik Satoorian, Ami Fox, Daniel Cabrera and Todd Hunt for two spots on the Glendale Unified school board. In the GCC race, incumbents Tony Tartaglia and Vahe Peroomian will face challenger Vartan Gharpetian.

Budget constraints were a major issue addressed in all three races as the city and school district continue to face financial uncertainty amid the protracted recession.

Some at City Hall have expressed concern that voter fatigue and a slower election season could temper voter turnout, especially as stricter campaign finance regulations have kept fundraising levels far below previous election cycles.

As of the latest campaign filings, Manoukian, who previously served eight years on the City Council, had raised $32,156 to amass the largest campaign chest in the City Council race. That’s nearly 75% less than the roughly $121,000 he raised for the same period in his 2007 campaign.

The lower fundraising levels have meant fewer signs, advertisements and mailings that traditionally remind voters to hit the polls.

But on Monday, Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian said he is hopeful that many residents will still choose to vote.

“I’m hopeful that our residents, who are involved and informed, do go to the polls,” Kassakhian said. “Ideally, a city clerk’s dream is to see 100% voter participation, but we will be happy with just people voting.”

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