Candidates await count

Primary Elections 2006

June 07, 2006|By Fred Ortega

GLENDALE ? Moods were eager and optimistic as the Frank Quintero and Paul Krekorian camps waited Tuesday night for election results that trickled in following a contentious election that drew recriminations from both sides.

With only absentee ballot counts in at the press time Tuesday night, Krekorian, a Burbank Unified School Board member, lead the race for the Democratic nomination to the 43rd Assembly District with 68.85% of the vote.

"I feel terrific," said Krekorian, who joined his supporters at Milano's Italian Kitchen in downtown Glendale to await the final results. He added it was still too early to assess the final results.


"But I am incredibly proud of the positive campaign we ran in sharing my vision for California with the voters," he said. "Win or lose, I am immensely proud of everyone who volunteered, surmounted challenging obstacles and still kept their head up and fought right until the end."

Krekorian and Quintero, a Glendale councilman, were vying for the seat held by Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, who is being termed out. The heavily Democratic district includes the communities of Burbank, Glendale, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, North Hollywood and Toluca Lake.

It is generally accepted that whoever wins the Democratic nomination to the district will waltz into Sacramento come November.

Scores of supporters joined Quintero at his campaign headquarters on Broadway in Glendale, where volunteers checked results on the registrar's website every few minutes.

"I feel pretty good about our campaign; it was a wonderful experience," Quintero said, adding he expected Krekorian to have a lead in absentee ballots because of what he described as an aggressive effort to sign up voters.

"We'll see how things go as more of the votes come in," he added. "I think I certainly took the issues to the voters and am confident with my plan for a better California."

The campaign for the nomination has been a rough one, with both sides jumping on the missteps of the other. A Quintero statement on May 1 in support of school vouchers drew fire from the Krekorian campaign ? as well as condemnation from local teachers' unions. Quintero later retracted the statement, blaming it on fatigue.

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