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As Glendale school board race ends, says one candidate: 'It's in God's hands'

April 02, 2013
  • Candidates take moment before a school board election forum in February.
Candidates take moment before a school board election… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

After spending months campaigning for a seat on the Glendale Unified school board, a few of the candidates on Tuesday had made last minute phone calls to voters before polls closed at 8 p.m.

Candidate Daniel Cabrera made calls to voters in the afternoon. But with less than three hours left for voters to cast their ballot, he said, “there’s nothing I can do it about it at this point.”

On Tuesday night, he planned to go to the gym and have dinner with his wife, and steer clear of the results as they trickle in.

“I’ll wake up in the morning and find out how everything went,” he said.

But most candidates, however, planned to take the more traditional route: waiting on pins and needles as results are reported, bit by bit.

Candidate Armina Gharpetian said she would watch the results at the Royal Vanak restaurant with family and friends. Earlier on Tuesday, she made phone calls to voters.

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“At this point, it’s all up to the voters,” she said. “I’ve been working really hard for the last three months. Our three months of working is equal to 10 minutes of voting.”

Candidate Ali Sadri said he would attend watch parties hosted by various City Council candidates.

Incumbent Greg Krikorian planned to watch the results come in with supporters at Paradise Pastry & Café.

On Tuesday, he reminded supporters to vote and informed them of polling locations in one last push to the polls.

“It’s in God’s hands,” he said. “I feel good.”

After spending part of Tuesday making her last phone calls to voters, candidate Jennifer Freemon planned to stop by various watch parties.

Incumbents Christine Walters and Joylene Wagner said they planned to watch the results come in alongside City Council incumbent Laura Friedman at the Embassy Suites hotel in Glendale.

“I think we all developed some mutual respect for each other throughout the election process,” Walters said of the school board race. “I’m glad the election is finally here -- it is pretty exhausting."

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-- Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

Follow on Twitter: @kellymcorrigan.

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