When you vote on Nov. 6, expect to see this phrase a lot: continue voting on next page.
If it feels like our ballots are getting longer, that’s because they are. Most Santa Clarita residents will vote in about 50 races this year, from the race for the governorship to the battle for local school boards. The sample ballot I received today had ten full pages of candidates and ballot measures. While this may be daunting, it is important to make it through to the end.
The future of Santa Clarita is the last item on the ballot.
Past six pages of judges and ballot measures are elections for the governing bodies that arguably have the most impact on our day-to-day lives: local school boards and the Santa Clarita City Council.
David Barlavi, Laura Arrowsmith and Chris Trunkey are running to represent local students and teachers on the Saugus Union School District board. Barlavi is a parent involved in youth sports who wants to make sure that our students and teachers are treated well (SUSD, Trustee Area 1). Arrowsmith is a product of local schools and has been a teacher in the Hart School District since 1990 (SUSD, Trustee Area 2). Trunkey, who is an incumbent, has a background in finance and has been involved in local schools for years (SUSD, Trustee Area 5).
Running to represent middle and high school students and their families on the William S. Hart School District board are Donna Robert and Kelly Trunkey. Robert is a teacher running to bring her experience of what students need to the School Board (WSHSD, Trustee Area 2). Trunkey is a businesswoman who has been involved in local schools through the Parent Teacher Association and focused on maintaining arts programs after funding was cut (WSHSD, Trustee Area 5).
When it comes to City Council, voters have excellent choices for the three at-large seats up for grabs: Brett Haddock, Diane Trautman and Logan Smith. Haddock is a lifelong resident of Santa Clarita, a software engineer, a board member of the Canyon Country Advisory Committee and a dedicated volunteer for Bridge to Home. Diane Trautman served on the City’s Planning Commission for 12 years and has been active in community nonprofit work for decades. Logan Smith is a community and nonprofit organizer notable for his statewide work on the California Clean Money Campaign’s successful efforts to pass the strongest campaign finance reform laws in the nation.
Whether you’re a by-mail voter or someone who enjoys the ritual of heading to the polls on Nov. 6, make sure you don’t forget to turn the page and vote for local candidates. The future of our city might be the last item on the ballot, but it’s our first priority.
Nathan Bousfield is a Valencia resident, the Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats’ President and the Democratic Alliance for Action’s Recording Secretary.
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