Local Armenian National Committee Chapter Endorses Assemblymember Holden for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Assemblymember Chris Holden announced that the local chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) endorsed his campaign for Los Angeles County Supervisor District 5.

“Assemblymember Holden has been a long-time friend and champion of the Armenian-American community of Los Angeles throughout his time in the California State Legislature. We are pleased to endorse him in his bid for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and look forward to continuing to work with him to uplift and elevate the Armenian-American community in the 5th District,” said ANCA Pasadena representative Nora Bogharian. 

Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 5 includes Altadena, Pasadena and cities in the Antelope, Crescenta, and Santa Clarita Valleys and portions of the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. The district is currently represented by Republican Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots political organization. 

Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues. 

“I am grateful to be endorsed by ANCA chapters representing our region and am proud of the partnership built with ANCA to ensure the State of California has a strong relationship with the global Armenian community. We have collaborated on legislative efforts to condemn the blockade of Artsakh, divest from Turkish assets, establish a sister city relationship with Syunik, and secure funding to upgrade summer camp facilities for our youth. I look forward to continuing this advocacy for the Armenian community and the partnership with ANCA as a Los Angeles County Supervisor,” Holden said.

Holden was elected to the Pasadena City Council at 28 years old and was the second African-American to serve as Mayor in the city’s history. Holden was appointed to the Pasadena Light Rail Alignment Task Force. He was instrumental in the planning and execution of the initial stops connecting Pasadena to Downtown LA. Assemblymember Holden continued to help extend the Gold Line further, securing $290 million in state funding for six new stations and introducing a plan to have the Gold Line connect the Burbank and Ontario airports. 

As the Assembly Appropriations Committee chair, Assemblymember Holden sent forward legislation that promotes gender equity, protects our natural environment, and ensures Californians’ mental health and medical needs are met. He has worked to ensure California protects reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ equality, expanding access to prosperity for everyone, regardless of their background. 

Holden attended Pasadena High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University, where he played basketball. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Melanie. They have five adult children.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, Holden has fought for equity and justice in the classroom, the workplace, transportation, and the criminal justice system. He’s running for County Supervisor to bring a more urgent response to Los Angeles County’s challenges. 

The election will take place on March 5. The 2021 redistricting process drew new boundaries for the 5th district with 46% registered Democrats, 24% Republicans, and 23% No Party Preference. President Joe Biden won the district by a 24% margin.

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