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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of IrvineCandidate for City Council

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Kev Abazajian

University Professor/Scientist
16,889 votes (11.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Slow down the unmitigated growth unleashed in the past 6 years, and reassess traffic impacts of all proposed projects. I will team up with UCI's nationally-recognized Institute of Transportation Studies to tackle traffic.
  • I will fight for better city services, and bring transparency and accountability to our city government. I will only appoint experts to our city commissions, and not political or special interest appointees. Irvine residents deserve that.
  • Cities are the new front line for collective climate action that can be greatly impactful. With Community Choice Energy, we can join other cities that are moving toward 100% renewable energy very quickly while also reducing energy costs.



Profession:UC Irvine Professor, Scientist, Husband, Father
Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of California, Irvine (2011–current)
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park (2006–2011)
Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2003–2006)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (2001–2003)


University of California, San Diego Ph.D., Physics: Astrophysics & Cosmology (2001)
University of Houston B.S., Physics (1996)

Community Activities

Friend of Science Network, Union of Concerned Scientists (2016–current)
Supporting Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011–current)
Member, OC for Climate Action (2017–current)
Volunteer, David Coss for Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico (2004–2005)
Volunteer & Founding Member, Graduate Student Workers Union/UAW 2865, UC San Diego (1996–2001)


I first came to this country at the age of five. My parents, having lived under the Soviet regime, took a brave step in coming to America. They worked hard to establish themselves and to offer a better life to my brother and me. Every day I honor their sacrifices and strive to make them proud of my work and the future I am now able to offer my own son. I would not be where I am today without their bravery and the American dream they for which they fought.

Today, I am an accomplished scientist and full-time faculty at one of the most prestigious universities in the country, as a Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UC Irvine. I take part in a mission to better the lives every student that walks through our doors, and am proud of UC Irvine being recognized as number one in America in providing students the socio-economic boost to achieve the American dream. I work diligently to guide and aid students on their path to success and through life. What I enjoy most about being an educator is being able to help shape each generation of future world leaders to better understand the world and have a passion to make positive change.

Moreover, I am a loving husband and proud father. Everything I do, I do for my family and our future in this city. I am ecstatic to raise my son in our public schools as I know they are some of the best in the country. I am elated to live here with my family as I know we are in a diverse community that is the safest big city in America . Finally, I am grateful for our fellow residents as I could not have asks for better neighbors who care more about their city.


We grow when the city grows, we suffer when our community suffers. This is what it means to be truly part of a connected and invested city. I am proud to reside in Irvine, the crowned jewel of Orange County. I care about our city and I want nothing more than to make a positive impact.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mary Ann Gaido, Irvine City Founder and Long-Term City Councilwoman
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez, U.S. Representative for California's 38th Congressional District
  • Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State

Organizations (5)

  • Sierra Club
  • Armenian National Committee of America, Orange County
  • Orange County League of Conservation Voters
  • Southern California Armenian Democrats
  • 314 Action

Elected Officials (11)

  • Paul Bokota, Irvine Unified School District District Board of Education Representative
  • Tim Jemal, ​President, Board of Trustees, South Orange County Community College District
  • Thu-Ha (Deirdre) Nguyen, Garden Grove City Councilwoman
  • Paul Krekorian​, ​LA City Councilmember and former State Assemblymember
  • Zareh Sinanyan​, ​Mayor of Glendale
  • Rep. Alan Lowenthal, U.S. Representative for California's 47th Congressional District
  • Anthony Portantino​, ​California State Senator, 25th District
  • Ardy Kassakhian​, C​ity Clerk of Glendale
  • Jess A. Talamantes, Burbank City Councilmember
  • Kevin De Leon​, ​California State Senator, 24th District
  • Vartan Gharpetian, Glendale City Councilmember

Individuals (9)

  • Sharon Toji, Irvine City Founder and founding member of the Irvine School Board
  • Shiva Farivar​, ​long-term Irvine City Services Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Iranian-American Community Group
  • Ralph H. Bauer​, ​Mayor of Huntington Beach and City Councilman (former)
  • Anila Ali​, CEO & Founder of the American Muslim & Multicultural Women’s Empowerment Council
  • Dr. Steven R. White​, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Wilson Ho​, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Eric Rignot​, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Earth Systems Sciences, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts​, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Chemistry, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Elizabeth Loftus​, Member of National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Law; Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a scientist, I coin myself as a “facts first” candidate as most of my political ideals and decisions are based on hard data and expertise. To this end, numerous scientific studies have illuminated many issues we face and have helped to shape my political philosophy. Irvine needs city management that plans growth and not unleashing it without limit; it needs green solutions to combat our carbon footprint; and it needs leaders the community trusts will fight on their behalf. As an elected official, I will always advocate for what our community desires and what is best for the residents of Irvine.

The greatest challenge any functioning government faces is maximizing constituent services while minimizing overall cost. Irvine is currently experiencing serious growing pains due to rapid development and lack of forward vision. I would foster smart growth to maximize city revenue by working with finance experts and our broader business community to enhance sources of new revenue, while making sure the budget remains within prudent limits.

Our climate is changing. It is widely known, by both the public and scientists that our world is changing in large part by the carbon footprint we have placed on the Earth. Therefore, as the “facts first” candidate I will expand even further on Irvine’s green initiatives. For example, Irvine has one of the largest composting programs in the county. Why not take this a step further? Offer free compost bins on Earth Day to residents, sponsor compost pick ups by the trash companies, and introducing city wide energy saving initiatives. There is a lost that can be accomplished on the city level and every helping hand makes an impact on our environment.

Lastly, our beautiful community and it’s wonderful residents need a leader they can trust. My campaign was launched one idea and one idea only, to combat those who don't have our best interest in mind. To this end, I have pledged to never accept for-profit developer or corporate PAC money to ensure my integrity to Irvine voters. I am proud to say our campaign has thrived on small donations and community activism as our success comes from the voters and I am overwhelmingly grateful for their support.

I hope this November 6th, you decide to vote.  Moreover, I hope you vote for leaders our city so desperately needs.

Your friend and advocate,

Dr. Kev Abazajian

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