Kim Kardashian's possible run for mayor excites Glendale officials
Several city officials in Glendale are excited about the possibility of Kim Kardashian running for mayor, or more accurately, City Council.
City Clerk Ardashes Kassakhian did not express an opinion on the reality star’s credentials for city government, but said that anything that brings more focus into city elections is generally a good thing.
Kardashian, he said, "has done what we try to do election after election after election," by attracting loads of media attention to local government by talking about a possible political bid in Glendale.
“I think it would be one of the more closely followed elections in Glendale’s history,” Kassakhian said.
Meanwhile, current city councilmen have wasted no time trying to attract her to the city.
Councilman and former Mayor Ara Najarian said that he has offered Kardashian the position of "honorary chief of staff" to give her a crash course on city matters. He has also asked that she attend the city’s Armenian genocide commemoration, which Najarian said would “reinforce her Armenian heritage.”
Her attendance, “would make a great impact on the city,” Najarian said.
Kassakhian said that Kardashian’s heritage could aid her in the city the reality star called “Armenian town.” But the city clerk emphasized that in most elections he has monitored, hopefuls must appeal to a larger audience made up of a diverse group of people to have any chance at winning.
“Do people vote for reasons of shared ethnic identity? Sure,” Kassakhian said. “But people who vote in local elections tend to be some of the most informed voters.”
-- Matt Stevens
---Jason Wells, Glendale News Press