K.H. Achadjian

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K.H. Achadjian
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California State Assembly District 35
In office
December 6, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
Supervisor, San Luis Obispo County
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
K.H. "Katcho" Achadjian is a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Achadjian earned his degrees from Cuesta Community College and from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. His professional experience includes working as a business owner since 1978, supervisor for San Luis Obispo County from 1998 to 2010 and chair of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors in 2001 and 2006.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Achadjian served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Accountability and Administrative Review, Vice-chair
Banking and Finance
Local Government, Chair
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification
Legislative Audit


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Achadjian served on these committees:



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Katcho Achadjian (R) and Heidi Harmon (D) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Achadjian will face Harmon in the general election.[1][2]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Achadjian won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 35. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 33. He and Gerald Manata (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

California State Assembly, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngK.H. "Katcho" Achadjian Incumbent 61.3% 103,762
     Democratic Gerald "Gerry" Manata 38.7% 65,500
Total Votes 169,262


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Achadjian defeated Matt Kokkonen, Fred Strong and Etta Waterfield in the June 8 primary. He then defeated Democrat Hilda Zacarias and Libertarian Paul K. Polson in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

California State Assembly, District 33 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png K.H. Achadjian (R) 84,629
Hilda Zacarias (D) 54,817
Paul K. Polson (L) 7,051
California House of Representatives, District 33 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png K.H. Achadjian (R) 18,697
Etta Waterfield (R) 16,623
Matt Kokkonen (R) 14,072
Fred Strong (R) 1,637

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Achadjian is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Achadjian raised a total of $901,028 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 14, 2013.[7]

K.H. Achadjian's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 35 Won $425,844
2010 California State Assembly, District 33 Won $475,184
Grand Total Raised $901,028


Achadjian won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Achadjian raised a total of $415,844.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to K.H. Achadjian's campaign in 2012
California Correctional Peace Officers Association$7,800
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians$7,800
PG&E Corp.$7,800
California Association of Realtors$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$415,844
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Achadjian raised $475,184 in contributions.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Dental Association $15,600
California Department Of Forestry Fire Fighters $12,800
California Professional Fire Fighters $7,800
California Medical Association $7,800


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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[9]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[10]


Achadjian and his wife, Araxie, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Das Williams (D)
California Assembly District 35
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sam Blakeslee (R)
California State Assembly District 33
Succeeded by
Tim Donnelly (R)