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COC incumbents beat challengers

Fortine, Wilk secure another term

Posted: November 9, 2011 8:56 a.m.
Updated: November 9, 2011 8:56 a.m.

College of the Canyons board incumbents Scott Wilk and Bruce Fortine kept their trustee seats Tuesday in a close election against their challengers.

Seat 4 incumbent Fortine won with about 53 percent of the votes. His challenger Diana Shaw picked up 5,117 votes, which amounts to 47 percent of the ballots in the Santa Clarita Community College District race.

Shaw wanted to unseat Fortine and ran a campaign with a goal of giving the community college students and faculty a stronger voice on the board.

Within Seat 5, incumbent Scott Wilk held control over his position as trustee with 5,334, or nearly 53 percent of the total votes. His challenger Patrick Hill made a strong showing in his first school board election with 4,793, or 47 percent, of the total ballots. Hill moved to the Santa Clarita Valley about a year ago and decided to run as a way to give back to the community.

Hill also raised concerns with Wilk's intentions to run for Assembly in 2012, saying that Wilk had ambitions for higher political office and would not serve a full four-year term. Wilk countered Hill, saying that if elected to the Assembly, he would be able to advocate on behalf of College of the Canyons in Sacramento.


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