David Krikorian

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David Krikorian
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 2
Bachelor'sBentley College
Master'sUniversity of Cincinnati
ReligionChristian- Armenian Apostolic
Personal website
David Krikorian was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Ohio.[1]


In 2003, Krikorian founded Parody Productions, a publishing house that makes novelty playing cards, puzzles and posters. He previously ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Ohio's 2nd Congressional District in 2008 and 2010.

Ethics Complaints

In 2009, incumbent Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) filed five ethics complaints against Krikorian with the Ohio Elections Commission. The Commission then voted 5-0 to issue Krikorian a written public reprimand.[2]

In 2010, Schmidt sued Krikorian in civil court and sought $6.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages, alleging his campaign defamed her.[3] Krikorian, in turn, filed several complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics charging the Congresswoman had received legal assistance from a Turkish-American interest group that violated House ethics rules.[4]



See also: Ohio's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Krikorian ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 2nd District. Krikorian lost to William R. Smith in the Democratic Primary on March 6, 2012. They were separated by less than 100 votes.[5]

Vote Krikorian for Congress (March 1, 2012).

On February 29, 2012, Krikorian released a video announcing his campaign.[6]

David Krikorian for House campaign logo.
U.S. House, Ohio's 2st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam R. Smith 50.2% 10,175
David Krikorian 49.8% 10,114
Total Votes 20,289


In 2010, Krikorian sought the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District. He ultimately lost the primary race to Surya Yalamanchili.[7]


In April 2010, the Ohio Democratic Party accused Krikorian of ethnic insensitivity, saying he made fun of Democratic nominee Surya Yalamanchili's name. Ohio Democratic Party chair Chris Redfern, Hamilton County Democratic chair Tim Burke, and Clermont County Democratic Chair David Lane penned two separate letters to Krikorian saying his comments were at best insensitive and at worst racist. Krikorian's campaign categorically denied the charge.[8]


In 2008, Krikorian ran for the United States House of Representatives as an Independent candidate. In the general election, he came in third place behind incumbent Rep. Jean Schmidt and Democratic nominee Victoria Wulsin.[9]

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