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Abazajian garners endorsements from Min, Ali in Irvine, and Senate candidate DeLeon

Kev Abazajian, a physicist at UC-Irvine who finished a strong second in the Democrats of Greater Irvine straw poll last month, has earned powerful endorsements from former CDP and DPOC-endorsed Congressional candidate Dave Min and Community activist Anila Ali. In addition, Abazajian and Farrah Khan, who is endorsed by the DPOC, have earned the endorsement of the Sierra Club.  Abazajian also earned an endorsement from US Senate candidate Kevin DeLeon.

The Min endorsement is significant in Irvine, where Democratic politics run somewhat counter to the county-wide efforts.

In a short time, Abazajian has racked up an impressive list of endorsements for a candidate who runs outside of the norm for mainstream OC-based Democrats.  And he’s the only candidate in Irvine with a byline in Scientific American.

Here’s the endorsement list:

Mary Ann Gaido, Long-term Irvine City Councilwoman (former) and Commissioner, co-author of original 1973 City of Irvine General Plan

  • Thu-Ha Nguyen, Garden Grove City Councilwoman
  • Shiva Farivar, long-term Irvine City Services Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Iranian-American Community Group of Orange County (former)
  • Tim Jemal, President, Board of Trustees, South Orange County Community College District
  • Anila Ali, CEO & Founder of the American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council
  • Ralph H. Bauer, Mayor of Huntington Beach and City Councilman (former)
  • Paul Krekorian, LA City Councilmember and former State Assemblymember
  • Zareh Sinanyan, Mayor of Glendale
  • Ardy Kassakhian, City Clerk of Glendale
  • Anthony Portantino, California State Senator, 25th District
  • Kevin De León, California State Senator, 24th District
  • Sierra Club
  • Orange County League of Conservation Voters
  • The first 2018 municipal-level candidate to be endorsed by the Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD), the first and largest regional Armenian-American Democratic Club in Southern California
  • The first 2018 municipal-level candidate endorsed by 314 Action
  •  Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Professor of Law, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Professor of Chemistry, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Eric Rignot, Professor of Earth Systems Sciences, UC Irvine, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Wilson Ho, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Steven R. White, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Michael Gottfredson, former Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Dan Stokols, founding Dean, School of Social Ecology, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Val Jenness, former Dean, School of Social Ecology, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Carroll Seron, former Interim Dean, School of Social Ecology, UC Irvine, Former President of the Law and Society Association, Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law, and Society, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Debra Richardson, Professor Emerita of Informatics, Founding Dean of Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Ronald Stern, former Dean School of Physical Sciences UC Irvine
  • Dr. William Parker, Research Professor, former Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine, former Director of the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Dr. Mark Warschauer, Professor of Education and Informatics, School of Education
  • Dr. Susan Turner, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine; Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections
  • Dr. Gary Busby, Professor and Chair, Department of Drama, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Greg Benford, Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Stephen Tucker, Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the University of California, Irvine, Associate Professor at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts UC Irvine
  • Dr. Ara Apkarian, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Toshi Tajima, Norman Rostoker Chair and Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Chief Scientist, Tri-Alpha Energy
  • Dr. Donald Blake, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Greg Weiss, Professor of Chemistry, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Charis E. Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Manoj Kaplinghat, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine
  • Dave Min, Law Professor, UC Irvine
  • Roger Philips, Adjunct Professor, Concordia University Irvine
  • Dr. Tim M.P. Tait, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Chris Bauman, Associate Professor of Organization & Management, UC Irvine
  • Dr. William Schmitendorf, Professor Emeritus and Former Associate Dean of Engineering, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Virginia Trimble, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine; Honorary staff member, Queen Jadwiga Observatory, Rzepiennik, Poland
  • Dr. Dennis Silverman, Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Andromache Karanika, Associate Professor of Classics, School of Humanities, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English, Director, Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Jessica Pratt, Assistant Teaching Professor, Ecology and Evolution, UC Irvine
  • Gerald Parham, Director of Camps Program Development, UC Irvine

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