2020 Glendale Endorsement: Ardy Kassakhian
Candidate Campaign Page: https://ardykassakhian.com/
Three citywide Glendale City Council seats are at stake in the upcoming March 3rd election. One seat is open after the resignation of former councilmember Zareh Sinanyan, while two incumbents are seeking re-election. The top three vote-getters on March 3rd—whether they are incumbents or challengers—will be elected to serve on the Council. Bike The Vote has made two endorsements in this race, and you can read about our other endorsement here.
Ardy Kassakhian has a deep understanding of local issues, having grown up in Glendale and served as the elected City Clerk since 2005. He has made improving transit and combating climate change some of the core policy goals of his campaign, arguing for connecting Glendale to regional transit networks and for making the city more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. He is endorsed by many of Bike The Vote L.A.’s ally organizations, including the Glendale Environmental Coalition, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, and the East Area Progressive Democrats.
In his response to Bike The Vote’s candidate questionnaire, Kassakhian supports adopting a Vision Zero policy for Glendale, ramping up the implementation of bike lanes, and making pedestrian and bicycle improvements around Glendale schools. While we would like Kassakhian’s platform for improving transit access to incorporate a more full-throated case in favor dedicated bus lanes, we appreciate that he recognizes quality transit as key to providing traffic relief and meaningful mobility options to Glendalians.
With his forward thinking platform on transportation and the environment, Bike The Vote L.A. is proud to endorse Ardy Kassakhian for Glendale City Council.