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Koegle throws hat into COC election

Attorney and former COC student says board needs someone full-time

Posted: July 13, 2009 10:44 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2009 8:00 a.m.
Local attorney Brian Koegle said Monday that he intends to run for the Santa Clarita Community College District board seat now held by trustee Ernie Tichenor.

"I appreciate and respect what this board has done for the growth of the College, and would certainly hope to carry on the legacy of stewardship, responsibility and community outreach, if elected," Koegle said in a statement.

Monday was the first day candidates were able to declare their intents to run with the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office for the Nov. 3 election.

Tichenor accepted a position in Washington, D.C., leaving him to commute across the country and miss several Santa Clarita Community College District meetings.

Tichenor said last week that while he intends to pull papers, he has not decided if he plans to run for a fourth term.

"Mr. Tichenor has been an integral part of this board, but his new career has led him away from our community," Koegle said in a statement. "The college is facing significant budget cuts from Sacramento, while still experiencing double-digit growth in student enrollment. This board needs a trustee who can be fully engaged in the policy direction of the institution and involved in the community full-time. I would welcome the opportunity to pick up that baton and continue his good works."

The other soon-to-expire seat is held by trustee Joan MacGregor, the current board president. She announced last week that she intends to run for re-election.

Koegle, an attorney with Poole & Shaffery, LLP, has served on a board of directors for the College of the Canyons Foundation for a little more than a year, he said.

He has been a member of the Measure M Citizens Oversight Committee for about three years, he said.

The committee is responsible for providing oversight for the $160 million facilities bond the voters approved in November 2006.

Koegle, a Newhall resident, attended College of the Canyons from 1992 to 1994 before transferring to Ohio State University, he said.

"I have a unique experience where I've been on that campus walking with the books in hand," Koegle said.

Koegle also serves on the executive committees for the Santa Clarita Bar Association and the SCV Youth Project, and is a board member at-large for HandsOn Santa Clarita.


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