Katcho Achadjian is confirmed dead at the age of 68.
Katcho was best known as a American politician.
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Our community has lost one of its finest beacons of light, decency and wisdom in Katcho Achadjian. Here at First…
Digging through our old files this morning and found this gem from Katcho Achadjian’s naturalization ceremony in 19…
Our community has lost one of its finest beacons of light, decency and wisdom in Katcho Achadjian. Here at First…
RT @SteveBradford: I'm deeply saddened and lost by the passing of my good friend and former colleague Katcho "Achadjian". He was a cla…
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RT @SenHannahBeth: Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my former colleague, Katcho Achadjian. He was a true gentleman who was…
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my former colleague, Katcho Achadjian. He was a true gentleman who was…
Katcho Achadjian, former California assemblyman, dies at 68
RT @ChadMayes: My heart is broken. Katcho was an amazing human. He will be missed.
My deepest respects and sincerest condolences to the Achadjian family. Katcho was a man of integrity, but above all…
RT @calcoasttimes: Katcho Achadjian dead at 68
RT @CSAC_Counties: #CSAC sends our condolences to the family & friends of Katcho Achadjian, who passed away Thursday at the age of 68.…
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Katcho Achadjian’s family releases a statement
Katcho Achadjian, former local state assemblyman, dies at 68
Katcho Achadjian’s family thankful for support
RT @mikegatto: Received sad news tonight that Katcho Achadjian has died. I will always remember him weeping on the Assembly floor…
Katcho Achadjian
Katcho Achadjian.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 35th district
33rd district (2010–2012)
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2016
Preceded bySam Blakeslee
Succeeded byJordan Cunningham
Member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors from the 4th District[1][2]
In office
December 7, 1998 – December 6, 2010
Succeeded byPaul Teixeira
Personal details
Born (1951-06-02) June 2, 1951 (age 68)
Lebanon[3]
DiedMarch 5, 2020
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Araxie Achadjian
Children2
ResidenceArroyo Grande, California
Alma materCal Poly San Luis Obispo
ProfessionBusiness owner
Katcho Achadjian (June 2, 1951 - March 5, 2020) was an Armenian-American businessman, and politician who formerly served in the California State Assembly. He was a Republican who represented the 35th district, encompassing San Luis Obispo County and part of Santa Barbara County. He previously represented the 33rd district, and prior to being elected to the State Assembly, was also a member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. In 2016, he ran for the United States House of Representatives from the 24th district, but he was defeated in the primary election.
Contents
1 Early life, education, and Board of Supervisors
2 California Assembly
2.1 Committee assignments
3 2016 congressional bid
4 Electoral history
5 References
6 External links
Early life, education, and Board of Supervisors
Achadjian was born in Jalala, Lebanon, to Armenian parents, immigrating to the United States in 1971 and becoming a US citizen in 1982. He first attended the Armenian Evangelical Elementary School in Jalala and, later, secondary school in Anjar. Afterwards, he studied in Cuesta College before graduating from Cal Poly with a Business Administration degree. He and his wife Araxie were married in 1984. In 1978, he purchased a small business that expanded into multiple stores and gas stations throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Achadjian was first elected to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in 1998, serving until his election to the Assembly in 2010. He served as Chairman of the Board in 2001 and 2006.
California Assembly
In 2010, Achadjian first ran as the Republican nominee for the California State Assembly, in the 33rd district. He won 58% of the popular vote against Democrat Hilda Zacarias.
By 2012, the district was redrawn into the 35th district. In the primary, Achadjian won 65% of the vote against Democrat Gerald Manata's 35%. In the general election, Achadjian won 61% to Manata's 39%.
Achadjian ran for a third term in 2014, winning 65% of the vote yet again in the primary, against the 35% of Democrat Heidi Harmon. In the general, Achadjian increased his performance slightly over his 2012 result, with 63% of the vote to Harman's 37%.
Throughout his time in the Assembly, Achadjian's voting record received perfect scores from such groups as the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Taxpayers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the California Small Business Association.
Committee assignments
Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance
Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs
Assembly Joint Committee on Fairs, Allocations, and Classification
Assembly Joint Committee on Fisheries and Antiquities
Assembly Joint Legislative Audit
2016 congressional bid
In 2015, Achadjian announced his intention to run for the United States House of Representatives, from California's 24th congressional district, in the 2016 elections. The district's longtime incumbent, Democrat Lois Capps, had previously announced that she would not seek reelection. As a result, the field was significantly larger than in the past; Achadjian's competition included two other Republicans (both of whom, Justin Fareed and Matt Kokkonen, are former candidates for the same district in previous years), two independent candidates (including another former candidate, Steve Isakson), and four Democrats (including Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider and Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal). Achadjian received endorsements from many prominent Republicans in the region, including Santa Barbara City Councilmen Frank Hotchkiss and Dale Francisco (the latter of whom was also Santa Barbara County Republican Chair, and had previously run for the same district in 2014), and former actor Christopher Mitchum, the previous Republican nominee for the seat who lost to Capps in 2014.
In the lead-up to the primary on June 7, Achadjian raised roughly $750,000 in the congressional race. Although he was only the fourth-highest fundraiser in the race, he was generally considered to be the primary frontrunner due to arguably having more name recognition among voters than any other candidate, from either party. Polls released both by his own campaign and the Schneider campaign predicted that Achadjian would come in first in the open primary. However, despite this, he came in a narrow third with 27,545 (18.9%) total votes, only 1.6% behind Justin Fareed, who finished a distant second to Carbajal. Fareed went on to lose the general election to Carbajal.
Electoral history
California's 33rd State Assembly district election, 2010
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Republican
Katcho Achadjian
84,629
57.8
Democratic
Hilda Zacarias
54,817
37.4
Libertarian
Paul K. Polson
7,051
4.8
Total votes
146,497
100.0
Republican hold
California's 35th State Assembly district election, 2012
Primary election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Republican
Katcho Achadjian (incumbent)
62,747
64.9
Democratic
Gerald "Gerry" Manata
33,862
35.1
Total votes
96,609
100.0
General election
Republican
Katcho Achadjian (incumbent)
103,762
61.3
Democratic
Gerald "Gerry" Manata
65,500
38.7
Total votes
169,262
100.0
Republican hold
California's 35th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Republican
Katcho Achadjian (incumbent)
54,615
65.3
Democratic
Heidi Harmon
29,030
34.7
Total votes
83,645
100.0
General election
Republican
Katcho Achadjian (incumbent)
77,452
62.7
Democratic
Heidi Harmon
46,126
37.3
Total votes
123,578
100.0
Republican hold
California's 24th congressional district election, 2016
Primary election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Democratic
Salud Carbajal
47,618
32.7
Republican
Justin Donald Fareed
29,902
20.5
Republican
Katcho Achadjian
27,545
18.9
Democratic
Helene Schneider
20,992
14.4
Democratic
William "Bill" Ostrander
8,048
5.5
Republican
Matt T. Kokkonen
7,779
5.3
No party preference
Steve Isakson
1,444
1.0
No party preference
John Uebersax
1,330
0.9
Democratic
Benjamin Lucas
1,103
0.7
Total votes
145,671
100.0
General election
Democratic
Salud Carbajal
166,034
53.4
Republican
Justin Fareed
144,780
46.6
Total votes
310,814
100.0
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