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Final vote count leaves outcome for Glendale election mostly unchanged

April 11, 2013
  • Several election signs are placed in a small strip of grass between the sidewalk and a restaurant patio on the corner of Central Avenue and Lexington Drive in Glendale.
Several election signs are placed in a small strip of grass… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

The outcome of the races for City Council, clerk and school board remained unchanged Thursday after officials counted roughly 3,500 ballots left over from the April 2 election.

City Council incumbent Ara Najarian remained in first place with 10,165 votes, while Laura Friedman held onto second place with 8,088. City commissioner Zareh Sinanyan took third with 7,379 votes, according to city elections officials who counted remaining provisional and late absentee ballots.

Chahe Keuroghelian was unable to overcome a narrow gap to pull out of fourth place, ending with 7,023 votes.

“Another cycle, another experience — we’ll do better next time,” he said.

The outcome ensures that the two incumbents, most notably Friedman, will be working with the very man they called to account for ethnically charged and vulgar online comments he allegedly posted to YouTube.

Sinanyan never explicitly denied being the author of the comments when called before the full council during the campaign, saying only that they did not represent him as a person. It was a divisive moment that appeared to mobilize his supporters in the days leading up to the election.

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On Thursday, Friedman and Najarian said they looked forward to putting the campaign behind them in favor of forming a cohesive governing board on the council.

“We have to work together. We have the same goal to make Glendale a better place,” Friedman said. “I hope he will work with me.”

Najarian echoed that sentiment.

“I think there comes a time when the election is over for everyone to put aside their campaign rhetoric and campaign mindset and work together,” he said. “I look forward to letting the past be the past when it comes to council to dynamics."

[Updated 4:15 p.m.: Sinanyan also appeared ready to leave the past behind, saying the campaign fueds don't "make a difference."

"We’re working for the benefit of the city. It’s not personal," he said.]

In the school board race, the top three positions also remained unchanged, meanwhile incumbent Joylene Wagner, first elected in 2005, was out.

Longtime incumbent Greg Krikorian commanded a strong first place finish with 12,850 votes, while his colleague, incumbent Christine Walters came in second with 9,504, elections officials reported. Challenger Armina Gharpetian took the third seat with 9,195 votes.

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