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Armenian National Committee of Southern Illinois Endorses David Bequette for U.S. Congress

(Photo: David Bequette)

COLUMBIA, Ill.—The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Southern Illinois announced Monday its endorsement of David Bequette, Democratic candidate for Illinois 12th Congressional District, representing the 12 counties that make up the southern tip of Illinois.

David Bequette speaks with constituents of Illinois’s 12th District. (Photo: David Bequette)

“Mr. Bequette will be a very strong supporter of initiatives important to the Armenian Community in Congress. He is supportive of Genocide Recognition, Independence for the Armenians of Artsakh, as well as the development of a Tax Treaty between Armenia and the United States, amongst several other initiatives,” stated ANC Southern Illinois Chairman Steve Hagopian.

Bequette will face a primary election on March 20 with only one other candidate; he would then go on to challenge Republican Mike Bost in the general election in November. Bost has no meaningful record of support of Armenian-American issues.

Professionally, David is a marketing consultant and entrepreneur, a Marine Corps veteran, and holds a bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. He lived and worked in Armenia for six years from 2011 to 2017, and worked on several projects during that time, which include the Smithsonian Institution’s My Armenia program and the non-profit organization One Armenia.

While in Armenia, David co-founded the first non-smoking restaurant in Armenia with his wife, Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan (originally from Yerevan). The Green Bean is now a beloved local franchise with several locations throughout the city, though David and Irina have completely divested all interest in preparation for the Congressional run.

David Bequette and his wife, Irina Ghaplanyan, live in Columbia with their three children, David, Nané, and Anthony (Photo: David Bequette)

“There’s no greater calling than doing representative politics,” said David as part of a larger, soon-to-be-published interview with the Weekly. “Given my career background, and the amount of work I’ve done community building and fighting corruption, I realized this was the only way I could really do this right.”

David has also taught Marketing and Management at the Agribusiness Teaching Center, a Texas A&M degree program in Yerevan. David and Irina have three children and live in Columbia, Illinois, where David was born and raised.

3 Comments on Armenian National Committee of Southern Illinois Endorses David Bequette for U.S. Congress

  1. Congratulations to David Bequette. He is truly a very competent person.
    I am curious to learn, your article is silent on this, why he and Irina left Armenia.
    Irina was a senior member of the “Founding Parliament” (an opposiiton un-elected organization) and was one of the bright lights in Armenia.

  2. avatar Hagop Hagopian // February 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm // Reply

    What is it that the ANC both eastern and western regions and ANCA, have he’ll bent over with the Democratic Party? What part of the US constitution does the ANCA have issues with that they only enforce the democrat party?? Why alienate half the Armenian population in the US that has stronger HAI TAD demands?? Is the ANCA working with George Soros? Or is it a recipient of his funds??
    I guess the ANCA leadership has issues with gun ownership just like the Turks did.

  3. Congratulations to David Bequette. He is truly a very competent person.
    I am curious to learn, your article is silent on this, why he and Irina left Armenia.
    Irina was a senior member of the “Founding Parliament” (an opposition un-elected organization) and was one of the bright lights in Armenia.

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