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Glendale incumbents have plenty of challengers in election

Twelve people have pulled papers to run, with more possible by Jan. 24 deadline.

January 04, 2013|By Brittany Levine and Kelly Corrigan, Times Community News

The Glendale City Council election in April has a crowded field already.

By midday Friday, 12 people had pulled the paperwork necessary to declare official candidacy, already surpassing the six who ran in 2011.

They include City Hall insiders and newcomers, but the pool of candidates aspiring for the highest political office in Glendale have until Jan. 24 to not only pick up the paperwork, but also turn in at least 100 signatures to get on the April ballot, which means the final number could still fluctuate greatly.

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Three City Council seats are in play, but a fourth could enter the fray after the election because Councilman Rafi Manoukian, who still has two more years left in his term, signed up to run for city treasurer, a position he’s failed to win in the past.

The treasurer post is a controversial one. As voters choose who should replace the outgoing treasurer, they will also vote on a measure that would convert the post into an appointment made by the city manager and confirmed by the City Council.

City Treasurer Ron Borucki said this week he won’t seek reelection, leaving Manoukian, an accountant, with one challenger so far: Edward Azari, who sits on the city’s Audit and Investment Policy Advisory committees.

[For the Record, Jan. 7: An earlier version of this post had incorrectly mispelled Edward Azari's name.]

If Manoukian wins the city treasurer race, the newly elected City Council would have to decide to either hold a special election or appoint someone to fill in for the remainder of his term.

The candidates for City Council as of midday Friday include two retired employees: former Neighborhood Services Administrator Sam Engel, and former planning administrator Edith Fuentes, who received a $200,000 settlement last year from the city after she claimed insider politics and discrimination led to her demotion.

Other potential candidates who pulled papers include incumbents Laura Friedman and Ara Najarian; Rick Barnes, a Realtor involved in Glendale police outreach committees; Roland Kedikian, a bankruptcy attorney; Mike Mohill, a self-described city activist who often rails against city unions; Zareh Sinanyan, a Community Development Block Grant commissioner; and Chahe Keuroghelian, a perennial candidate.

With Mayor Frank Quintero vowing not to run again, a competitive council race has long been expected.

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