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Boydston kicks off campaign

Former councilman seeks to return to politics

Posted: October 26, 2009 10:59 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

In a speech to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, Santa Clarita City Council contender TimBen Boydston kicked off his campaign, saying he'd make local government more responsive and push for term limits.

Boydston said the decline in public participation at council meetings has made the city's elected officials more isolated from the needs of the community. He said participation has dropped by 60 percent since public comment was moved to the end of meetings about nine months ago.

Boydston is running against incumbents Mayor Frank Ferry and council members Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean.

If elected, Boydston said he would add public comment to the beginning and end of meetings in order to make it as convenient as possible for people to address their local officials.

He said he would also push for term limits, something that would ensure the council is presented with new perspectives and ideas.

He discussed how he would analyze and fix the city's traffic problems as well. He said in an interview Monday he would look to hold city planners accountable.

Under Boydston's plan, major roads would be required to handle traffic flow more efficiently.

Boydston was appointed to the council in December 2006 to serve the remainder of former Councilman Cameron Smyth's term when Smyth was elected to the state Assembly. Boydston did not seek election in April 2008.

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