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Student supports Trautman

Posted: April 2, 2008 12:19 a.m.
Updated: June 3, 2008 5:02 a.m.
To The Editor:

In recent weeks, there has been a wealth of opinion regarding the candidates for the upcoming Santa Clarita City Council election. Many prominent figures from the community have lent their endorsement, and much has been offered in the defense of one candidate or another.

However, of all the material I have read on the subject, a small but interested demographic has as of yet remained silent. I write today in the hopes that I might humbly represent that group.

As a young man and a student (of COC and now UCLA), this municipal election is extremely important to me.

I, like many of my peers, came of voting age in a time where national elections were again the subject of passionate, active debate and interest. But beyond the general upswing among young people who wish to engage themselves in politics at all levels, my interests and concerns, which are not unique to myself, are fundamentally different from my parents' generation and the figures who traditionally write letters such as this.

For example, I care that one of our candidates for City Council has experience with local development and planning and that this candidate is a tireless advocate of parks, open space and responsible growth in our valley.

As someone who grew up here, our city's growth at times seemed to parallel my own. I make ample use of our community's existing parks and open space -- perhaps with greater frequency than my parents are able to and its important to me that we maintain such valuable space as we grow.

I also care that one of our candidates has strong ties with local education and the arts and that our leaders in those respective fields are willing to lend their support to see this candidate elected.

I care that organizations, which demand a spotless record from those they endorse, like the SEIU and the Sierra Club have selected a candidate to best represent city employees' well-being and preserve the integrity of our local environment.

I care about affordable housing in our valley. I will one day need such amenities and I understand that a stable housing market has long since been the backbone of our local economy. One candidate has been vocal about ensuring such housing on the behalf of people like me but also working families and local senior citizens.

I appreciate thoughtful, well-reasoned approaches to our growth as a city. One candidate has time and time again applied these principles for our protection and benefit, whether it was Las Lomas or the Henry Mayo expansion.

Mostly though, I care that one candidate has made available their time and resources in the generous and seemingly endless effort to hear any and all public concerns. This candidate has patiently listened to me -- not as a voter, or as a future "constituent" but instead as a person who lives in our city and who cares about its future. It is often hard to be well-represented or taken seriously when you are young, just starting out, and not yet financially accomplished. But one candidate has made me -- as a young man and a student -- feel like part of the process... and that is an accomplishment.

For these reasons and more, I think I stand with many like me, in adding my name to the list of ardent and diverse supporters for Diane Trautman.


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