Challenger leading in Glendale council election

first_img [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – In a surprise upset, challenger John Drayman took a comfortable lead in the Glendale City Council race late Tuesday and left incumbents Councilman Rafi Manoukian and Mayor Dave Weaver in a neck-and-neck battle for the other remaining seat. The 48-year-old head of the Montrose Shopping Park Association, who came 503 votes shy of capturing a seat on the council two years ago, had taken 22.3 percent of the vote with 40 of 57 precincts counted. Drayman, who was watching the returns with supporters at a downtown steakhouse, was optimistic but cautious, since he came so close to the seat last time before it slipped away. “We’ll see,” he said. “It’s nice company to be in right now, but it’s not a done deal by any means. And we have some very strong candidates.” Holding second place was Mayor Dave Weaver with 17.7 percent, followed by two-term councilman Manoukian with 16.8 percent. Both were locked in an all-night battle to retain their seats. Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian was fourth with 15.5 percent; immigration consultant Chahe Keuroghelian had 12.2 percent; TV host Vrej Agajanian had 6.6 percent; activist Herbert Molano had garnered 6 percent and former Glendale Water and Power Commissioner Lenore Solis trailed with 2.4 percent. In the Glendale Unified School District board race, incumbent Mary Boger and candidate Nayiri Nahabedian were leading the six candidates vying for two seats on the five-member panel overseeing the 28,000-student district. Challenger Todd Hunt was third, trailing Nahabedian by one percentage point. School board member Pam Ellis, whose seat is up, is not seeking re-election. Incumbents Vahe Peroomian and Tony Tartaglia were leading in the Glendale Community College Board race. last_img

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