Election day is Tuesday, April 13th for our City Council elections. If our past is any indicator, less than 20% of the eligible Santa Clarita Valley registered voters will actually vote. It’s an embarrassment. Our City Council, more than any other elected officials, directly impact our quality of life here in our Valley. It is our responsibility to become informed and vote.
This election, we have three of our five City Council seats open. KHTS recommends you vote for Laurene Weste, Marsha McLean and David Gauny.
Many are surprised with our choice. Two of the incumbents we are endorsing, Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean have guided our City on a strong course, making the tough decisions of balancing responsible growth, with the need to support our infrastructure, allow for future permanent open space, and keep our fantastic quality of life continuing down its proper path. Both McLean and Weste have the experience and understanding to guide us through the tough decisions facing us over the next four years.
What our third endorsement, David Gauny, lacks in experience he more than makes up with his leadership skills, intelligence and instincts. Gauny displays that rare balance of understanding the concerns of small business with the need for our Valley to not become overdeveloped and end up like our neighbors to the South. We believe he will shake things up a bit at City Hall, enough to question and challenge without becoming a negative thorn. We might not agree with Gauny on all issues, but he, like Bob Kellar, will be his own person and honest about his positions.
While incumbent Frank Ferry also has a proven strong track record during his twelve years on the Council, we feel it is time for him to pass the baton. Ferry is now the Principal of Alemany High School in Mission Hills. His time and focus are divided. As Mayor last year, he was missing in action more often than not. Wearing two hats makes it difficult to endorse issues that pit our Valley against the San Fernando Valley. We were surprised when he selected a campaign manager from outside our Valley. It’s time for new blood.
KHTS urges you to become more informed before you vote on Tuesday, April 13th. To learn more about each candidate’s positions on key issues click here for the podcast of our City Council debate in cooperation with SCVTV and The Signal.
And most importantly, we urge you to make your vote count on Tuesday, April 13th.