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Our View: Council race done; real work begins

Posted: April 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The dust is finally settling on one of the more intense Santa Clarita City Council races recently, and the results were surprising to many.

For the first time in city history, a sitting mayor has been ousted by a challenger, as former Councilman TimBen Boydston beat out Mayor Laurie Ender. And incumbent Bob Kellar kept his seat after running a top-notch campaign leading up to Tuesday’s election.

Both of the victors from this council election ran clean and equally enthusiastic campaigns, which, especially in this age of widespread political mudslinging and vile vitriol, was refreshing to watch. Neither of them spent their time telling voters why their challengers were unworthy, but rather why they themselves were the best options to represent the people of Santa Clarita.

Boydston’s adoption of Kellar’s clean-campaign model was reminiscent of a NASCAR racing drafting technique, in which one closely follows the other, but both end up moving faster and farther ahead for it. And the results speak for themselves.

Given his consistent track record, we expect another four years of the Kellar we’ve come to know. He has often been on the short side of 4-1 votes, but his focus is always on residents, even when his views aren’t popular.

Boydston’s record is less established, despite having served on City Council for 16 months in 2007-08 after then-Councilman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, left for the state Assembly, and serving as executive director of the Canyon Theatre Guild.

From that time, he hasn’t shaken loose a reputation of being divisive and somewhat confrontational when dealing with other council members and city staff. However, his campaigning demeanor was nothing if not statesmanlike, good-natured and professional.

We hope that his reputation is either an embellishment or a misunderstanding and that the present-day Boydston is the one who will have representing the city for the next four years.

During his campaign, Boydston expressed frustration about his previous, abbreviated term, saying that he wasn’t able to make the impact he wanted because he wasn’t part of the many important and influential behind-the-scenes committees. Given his energy level throughout the campaign season, we’re excited to see what he can do with a full term and more inside knowledge than he possessed four years ago.

We will be closely watching.

We’d like to thank our departing Mayor Ender for her years of service to the people of Santa Clarita. We wish her well in all future endeavors, and hope that she again finds herself in a role of working for the betterment of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Despite the typically low voter turnout for the election, those who participated should be proud of being part of the democratic process, voicing their concerns and opinions and shaping city history.

We’ll have to wait and see what impact this council shakeup will have on the future, but we’ll be there to tell the SCV all about it.

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