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Santa Clarita: Harte officially launches council bid

Posted: July 11, 2013 2:49 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Duane Harte officially launched his candidacy for Santa Clarita City Council on Thursday while surrounded by supporters outside City Hall. Signal photo by Luke Money

In front of about 25 supporters at Santa Clarita City Hall, Newhall resident Duane Harte officially kicked off his second bid for Santa Clarita City Council on Thursday.

“All I need is for another 5,000 people to show up here and I don’t need to do a thing,” Harte said to laughs from the crowd.

Harte, the current treasurer of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and a member of the city Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission, said he made the decision to run in the 2014 election after retiring in May.
“I’m now able to devote the time I feel is necessary to be on the City Council,” he said.

An unsuccessful candidate in the 2002 election, Harte also said the support of his wife, Pauline, played a major role in his decision to run again.

“If your family is not behind you, there’s no point in doing this,” he said.

Harte cited the need for resolution to the ongoing battle over the proposed Cemex open-pit mine in Soledad Canyon and resolving the issue of state fines for chloride levels in the Santa Clara River as two of his major priorities, if elected.

He also said his pro-business outlook would benefit the city, as a large portion of the city’s revenue comes from sales taxes.

“Let’s see if we can fix the wrong things and make the right things better,” he said.

In the 2002 race, Harte finished sixth in a field of 12 candidates.

So far the field of 2014 candidates is not quite as crowded, but numerous individuals have already announced their intention to run, including former congressional candidate Dante Acosta, Canyon Country Advisory Committee Chairman Alan Ferdman, Canyon Country resident Berta Gonzalez-Harper, Newhall County Water District board President Maria Gutzeit, William S. Hart Union High School District board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine and incumbent City Council members Marsha McLean and Laurene Weste.

Longtime City Councilman Frank Ferry, who was the top vote-getter in 2002 — the last time Harte ran for council — announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Weste and McLean are seeking re-election.
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