SAN FERNANDO VALLEY – On Sunday, Adrin Nazarian made a strong showing at the Democratic Party’s Pre-Endorsement Conference, earning more votes than any other candidate in the 46th Assembly District. While no candidate was expected to win the party’s endorsement in the crowded four-way race, Adrin’s impressive showing demonstrates his broad appeal among Democratic activists, out-performing a sitting Democratic National Committee member.
The results echo Adrin’s impressive performance at last week’s Stonewall Democratic Club Endorsement Meeting, where Adrin earned by far the most votes of any candidate, despite the fact that there are two LGBT candidates in the race, including a current Stonewall Board Member. Among the nearly 200 Stonewall members who voted, Adrin garnered 50% of the vote, receiving more than twice the votes of any other candidate.
The support Adrin is receiving from community leaders and members of Democratic clubs, combined with his strong fundraising to close out the year, gives his campaign a clear edge for the upcoming June primary. Even though Adrin was the last entrant into the race, he raised the most money of any other candidate during the final reporting period of last year.
Adrin currently serves as chief-of-staff to L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, attending high school there before receiving his degree in Economics from UCLA in 1996. He has been a CORO Fellowship in Public Affairs program participant, a board member of the East Valley YMCA and YWCA, and a founding member of the Generation Next Mentorship program.
The newly drawn 46th Assembly District includes the Los Angeles neighborhoods of North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, Valley Glen, Van Nuys, Panorama City, North Hills, Lake Balboa and the Hollywood Hills. The primary is June 5, 2012.