ANCA-Glendale Endorses Krikorian, Gharpetian, and Freemon for GUSD Board

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Dr. Armina Gharpetian and Jennifer Freemon

GLENDALE - The Armenian National Committee of America - Glendale on
Friday endorsed Greg Krikorian, Dr. Armina Gharpetian, and Jennifer
Freemon for 3 seats on the Glendale Unified School District Governing
Board. The ANCA-Glendale urged voters to elect them on April 2.

The ANCA-Glendale endorsed Krikorian, Gharpetian, and Freemon after
evaluating the candidates' responses to a written questionnaire,
answers provided at the Feb. 20 ANCA-Glendale Candidate Forum and
record on issues of concern to the ANCA-Glendale. Seven candidates
are seeking election to the 3 seats designated for election on April

The ANCA-Glendale wants to ensure that students who attend the
Glendale Unified School District not only receive an excellent
education but also have a better appreciation for culture and human
rights. Maintaining a low class size and increasing the number of
Armenian language courses in middle schools and high schools were
mentioned as important priorities to the ANCA-Glendale.

The ANCA-Glendale also has encouraged improving instruction regarding
human rights and the genocide curriculum. The ANCA-Glendale has urged
the GUSD to designate April 24 as a non-instructional day so that
students and their parents can properly show their respect to the
memory of victims of Genocide and human rights violations.

`We are confident that Greg Krikorian, Dr. Armina Gharpetian, and
Jennifer Freemon will provide a healthy and diverse approach to
setting priorities and policies for the Glendale Unified School
District ,' stated ANCA-Glendale Chairman Berdj Karapetian.

More than 35 percent of the students enrolled in the Glendale Unified
School District are of Armenian descent and an extremely large
percentage of these students have parents whose primary language is

`I am proud and honored to receive the support of the ANCA-Glendale.
As I run for re-election, I am reminded of the need to advocate for
all the diverse students in our district in order to prepare them for
the future,' remarked Greg Krikorian who is one of the 3 incumbents
running for re-election.

Dr. Armina Gharpetian was pleased to learn of the endorsement and
stated, `I am truly honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of
ANCA-Glendale and the overwhelming encouragement of its members. As
an Armenian-American, I feel very fortunate and privileged to receive
the support of the largest Armenian-American grass-
root and advocacy organization, which cares a great deal about our
education and our children.'

`I greatly value the work and community contributions of the ANCA
-Glendale. I look forward to a long term partnership to engage and
support all of our GUSD parents and students. Together we will ensure
that our Armenian students and families are nurtured and helped on the
path to college success.', added Jennifer Freemon upon learning of the

ANCA-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and
political rights of the city's Armenian American community and
promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public
policy levels.

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