Source: Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)
Los Angeles, CA, September 25, 2008 - Armineh Chelebian, a
successful accountant with deep roots in San Fernando Valley's cultural and
business communities, is the Republican nominee for California's 40th State
Assembly District. She is seeking the seat currently occupied by Assemblymember
Lloyd Levine (D) who is being termed out in 2008. If successful, Armineh will
become the first Iranian-Armenian-American to be elected to the California State
Born in Iran, Armineh immigrated to the United States with her family in 1978 at
the age of sixteen. Soon after, she was accepted to California State
University, Northridge where she majored in Business Administration Accounting,
receiving her B.S. degree in 1984. After graduating, Armineh went on to a
twenty-year professional career in Business Administration, and is the founder
and President of A.S.C. Accounting and Financial Consulting Services.
In 2001, Armineh became involved in politics by assisting the Honorable Bob
Yousefian, current Council Member and past Mayor of the City of Glendale, to win
his campaign. As a result, she discovered a real interest in politics and
community service. "I saw the opportunity to stand up, make a difference, and
give back to my community," explains Armineh.
Over the past several years, Armineh has served as member of the Executive Board
of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, Chair of the 40th Assembly District
Republican Central Committee, Co-Chair of Valley Vote Education Committee, and
Block Captain for the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2004, she was elected
to the Board of Directors of the Winnetka Neighborhood Council and was reelected
in 2006. Armineh currently serves as the Chair of the Council's Public Works
Transportation and Interfaith Committees.
Armineh will face Democratic nominee Bob Blumenfield in the November election.
If elected, her top priorities include education reform and bringing
accountability to the budget process in the State Capitol. Armineh supports
Charter Schools and would like to break up the Los Angeles Unified School
District into smaller, more manageable school districts. "We need to change the
machinery, and bring back responsibility and efficiency by empowering parents
and local administrators with a sense of ownership," says Armineh. As an
accountant, she believes that she can combat waste and fraud in government. "We
need more accountability in the budget process, to cut wasteful spending, and
not raise taxes to solve our spending problems."
Armineh's campaign has received key endorsements from former Governor George
Deukmejian, State Senator George Runner, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee
Baca. As an underdog candidate in a Democratic District, Armineh plans on
running a competitive race with a professional mailing campaign targeting
registered voters and informing them about her impressive credentials and
compelling life story.
"We were victorious in the primary and now have an even bigger challenge ahead
of us," says Armineh. "However, I am confident in our campaign and in our
winning message of bringing real change and reform to Sacramento to make a
difference and represent all the stakeholders in the 40th Assembly District."
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