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Boydston, Ferdman for council; Smith for Assembly

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Posted: September 16, 2016 5:25 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2016 5:25 p.m.
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The upcoming Santa Clarita City Council election on Nov. 8 is an extremely decisive one.

There are 11 candidates running, and only two have proven through years of dedicated volunteering in the community to be the ones who will take the community forward with sincere appreciation for the concerns of the local citizens.

TimBen Boydston is currently a City Council member running for re-election who has consistently listened to the community’s concerns.

Both he and Alan Ferdman led the way to prevent the construction of huge, electronic billboards to be placed for 50 years near Interstate 5 and Highway 14 in an open space area.

The other four council members had voted for this to take place, and it would have. It was only through a ballot initiative that the community was able to defeat this decision made by the other four council members.

Alan Ferdman, a retired Jet Propulsion Lab project manager, has been the volunteer chairman of the Canyon Country Advisory Committee for the past 14 years, organizing monthly meetings during which the community can learn both sides of an issue. He has made these meetings available to view on YouTube.

Christy Smith, who is currently a second-term Newhall School District board member, is running for the 38th Assembly District seat.

While her daughters were attending Valencia Valley Elementary School, Christy Smith completed the legal legwork to establish the nonprofit VV Technology Foundation so the school could buy computers for student use.

A longtime local resident, Christy attended Peachland Elementary School in Newhall. She and her husband worked in Washington, D.C., following their UCLA graduations. Christy was a policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Education.

While the City Council race is non-partisan, I am supporting these candidates, two Republicans and a Democrat, in the November election because I’ve had the privilege of meeting them as they worked on issues about which I have felt strongly.

They are good people whom you would want in office.

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