Here’s a rundown of all 12 candidates and their stances on the Coalition’s signature issue thus far: the passage of the ordinance barring the Glendale Gun Show from city property.
IN FAVOR OF GUN-SHOW BAN
- City Councilmember Laura Friedman: Voted to cancel the city’s contract with the Gun Show; voted to ban guns-and-ammo sales from city property. Watch her remarks from Jan. 22 City Council meeting.
- Sam Engel: “Yes, I support the ordinance. Yes, I will vote to defend the ordinance,” he wrote in a statement to the Coalition.
- Edith Fuentes: Expressed support for ordinance at March 20 candidates’ forum.
- Roland Kedikian: “I want Glendale to be associated with the Americana, Brand Boulevard, the Alex Theatre and many of the great venues available in Glendale and not the gun show,” he wrote in a statement to the Coalition. Said he would defend gun-show ordinance if challenged in court.
- Chahe Keuroghelian: “The issue, to me…is the impression that gun shows leave as being an event organized/sponsored by the city,” he wrote in a statement to the Coalition. Said he would defend gun-show ordinance if challenged in court.
- Mike Mohill: Expressed support for ordinance at Feb. 20 and March 20 candidates’ forums.
- Zareh Sinanyan: “A public venue…is not the appropriate location for a gun show,” he wrote in a statement to the Coalition. Said he would defend gun-show ordinance if challenged in court.
AGAINST GUN-SHOW BAN
- City Councilmember Ara Najarian: Voted against canceling the gun-show contract; voted against banning gun-and-ammo sales. Watch his remarks from Jan. 22 City Council meeting. (Go to the 03:01:00 mark.)
- Rick Barnes: Expressed opposition to ordinance at Feb. 20 and March 20 candidates’ forums.
- Aram Kazazian: Expressed opposition to ordinance at Feb. 20 candidates’ forum—with caveats. Said gun show should not be held on Sundays at Glendale Civic Auditorium out of deference to services at the neighboring church.
- Jefferson Black: “My initial knee-jerk reaction to the gun-show proposal was to ban it from city property for the future, allowing it the freedom to be held on any private property. However, I have yet to study every nook and cranny of this proposal,” he wrote in a statement to the Coalition. “If elected and was voting on a challenge of this ban, I would not only study it from top to bottom but listen all night if need be from both sides of the issue in a town-hall style forum.”
- Herbert Molano: Position unclear at Feb. 20 and March 20 candidates forums. Did not respond to Coalition’s email request for a statement.
Sources: Coalition notes from Feb. 20 Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council candidates’ forum; Tropico Station report from March 20 Northwest Glendale Homeowners Association candidates’ forum; City Council votes on Jan. 22 and March 19. Additionally, the Coalition solicited statements from all 10 non-incumbent candidates. Those received are noted above.