May 20, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, CA. – Sunder Ramani, candidate for the California 43rd Assembly District runoff Special Election, participated in a live televised Town Hall on Sunday May 16th, hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR).

The one-hour town hall forum featured the Republican candidate discussing issues that affect the Armenian American community within the 43rd Assembly District. Ramani offered his views on several topics ranging from the State’s ongoing budget crisis and safety net programs, public education, and the economy. He answered live questions from the audience pertaining to these topics as well as specific issues important to the Armenian American community.

“I will continue all that’s been done by the former governors and legislators in CA and Sacramento in continuing to honor and recognize the Armenian Genocide,” stated Ramani, as he spoke on the issue of reparations for the Armenian Genocide. “The reparations are owed to people, as has been done in other parts of history, and the Armenian American community is no different.”

Ramani’s remarks can be watched, in full, on the ANCA website:

The ANCA-WR will be hosting its second televised Town Hall with 43rd Assembly District candidate Democratic candidate Mike Gatto on Thursday, May 27th at 10pm. This Town Hall will provide Gatto the opportunity to address his views regarding State issues, as well as issues of concern to the Armenian American community. The ANCA-WR encourages the community to watch this important Town Hall to become better educated about the candidate.

The Town Hall will be aired on Horizon TV, Charter Digital Channel 285 in Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta. It will also stream online on the ANCA website – and on the Horizon Armenian Television website –

The 43rd Assembly District Special Election Runoff between Sunder Ramani (Republican) and Mike Gatto (Democrat) will take place on June 8th. The winner of this Special Election runoff will fill the seat vacated by former California Assembly Member Paul Krekorian. June 8th will also serve as a primary election for this seat, for the November General Election. “The June 8 Special Election presents itself to be a historic opportunity for the Armenian American community,” said Stepan Boyadjian, ANCA-WR Board member. “The ANCA-WR is working diligently with both candidates to make sure the concerns of the Armenian community are addressed.” The ANCA-WR has not yet endorsed either candidate for this election.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.


For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Tamar Baboujian
Email / Tel: (818) 500-1918
Armenian National Committee of America
Western Region
104 N. Belmont, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206 * Tel. (818) 500-1918