Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, today announced the hiring of six experienced staffers to form the team that will help him vigorously represent the people of the 38th Assembly District.
“I am proud to be surrounded by an experienced group of people who share my belief that it’s time to make California’s government more efficient and more responsive to the taxpayers,” Smyth said. “I am confident that the team I have assembled will work tirelessly on behalf of the taxpayers, and will always be available to help constituents.”
Kevin O’Neill, an experienced legislative advisor and political strategist, has been named Smyth’s chief of staff, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the lawmaker’s office. O’Neill previously served as chief of staff for Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Roseville.
Jarrod DeGonia, former chief of staff for Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels, will serve as the district director. DeGonia will be the point person in the district office, responsible for maintaining effective communication between Smyth and his constituents.
Ryan Flanigan, former deputy press secretary for the Assembly Republican Caucus, will serve as legislative director and press secretary, keeping constituents up to date on legislative activities as well as Smyth’s primary contact with the media.
Christine Ward will serve as a field representative, a problem-solver and liaison for constituents. Ward, who previously worked as an executive assistant and scheduler for Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Northridge, will become a familiar face in the communities of the 38th Assembly District.
Ed Masterson will also serve as a field representative, using his vast and diverse experiences in the private sector in the communities of the 38th District to interact with and help Assemblyman Smyth’s constituents. Masterson’s resume includes President of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as a production coordinator for television shows at Universal Studios. Masterson will be the main liaison between Assemblyman Smyth and the film and entertainment industries.
Donda Scholl will be Smyth’s executive assistant and scheduler, a key position which she previously held in Assemblyman Leslie’s office.