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.”