Mesrobian School Graduate and First Armenian on the City Council
MONTEBELLO – Jack Hadjinian was elected to the Montebello City Council. He is the first Armenian-American to be elected to the Montebello City Council.
Hadjinian attributed his victory to his positive efforts saying the community rejected negative campaigning efforts by other candidates. “I ran a positive campaign because my campaign was not about tearing anyone else down. Instead it was about helping our city come out of its recent problems and grow for the future,” said Hadjinian.
“I am proud that I will be the first Armenian American in the oldest Armenian community in Southern California to serve on the Montebello City Council. I am sure I will not be the last.”
“We are excited to have one of our community’s own earn this great opportunity to serve the residents of Montebello,” said Viken Pakradouni, Chairman of the ANC San Gabriel Valley. “After having a vibrant community in the City for the past 50 years, this was a natural next step in our community’s participation in civic life.”
Hadjinian is a long time member of the Armenian National Committee of America, San Gabriel Valley Chapter (ANCA-SGV).
As a community, we cannot complaint about he state of things if we’re not willing to get to the polls to cast our vote and take that first step in having voices heard,” added Pakradouni. “We are happy to see the community get to the polls today but we can do better and will continue to push for even greater participation in future elections.”
Hadjinian, a third generation resident of Montebello, is a graduate of the Armenian Mesrobian School, has served on the Board of Trustee of the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral as treasure and is member of the Montebello Stepanakert Sister city Association. He is currently a Los Angeles County Commissioner serving on the Assesment Appeals Board.
He has also served in the Montebello Civil Service Commission as well as the City of Montebello’s Investment Committee and hte Montebello Police Department’s Public Safety Committee. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce.