BIRMINGHAM, MI — On August 7th, Mari Manoogian won the Democratic nomination as candidate for Michigan State Representative for District 40.
Manoogian received 8,877 votes – 53%, her opponent in the Democratic Party, Dicole Bedi received 7,856 votes – 46%. Republican David Wolkinson received 3,359.
Mari Manoogian was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan. She attended Birmingham Public Schools and graduated with honors from Seaholm High School. Her grandparents escaped the Armenian Genocide and came to the United States in the early 1920s. Her father’s and mother’s families arrived in Michigan via Ellis Island, and ultimately settled in the Detroit area, due to the promise of jobs and a vibrant Armenian-American community.
From a young age, Mari’s family instilled in her a strong work ethic. She earned a varsity letter in figure skating, was an award winning high school journalist, and played several seasons of basketball for St. John Armenian Church in the Orthodox Athletic League. She figured skated competitively, and was a member of the Figure Skating Club of Birmingham for fifteen years.
Mari graduated from Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. During her studies, she interned for then Congressman John D. Dingell, the Council on Foreign Relations, and for Ambassador Samantha Power at the U.S Mission to the United Nations. After graduation, Mari worked in the Office of English Language Programs at the US Department of State. While working with foreign and civil service officers, Mari set her sights on a career in public service. She was accepted to complete graduate studies in Global Communications, and again chose the Elliott School of International Affairs at GW. She worked full time in the Office of Diplomacy at the department while enrolled in school full time.