Why are we running?
Across the country, everyday people are sick and tired of a status quo that fails to address the real issues facing our communities. We saw an opportunity to fight for real progress in Santa Clarita, tackling problems like homelessness, the heroin epidemic, and environmental issues threatening our city and our families. We also realized it's not enough to just plug the holes on a leaking ship. We need to strive for a better future, and that future isn't defined by five people in a council chamber. It's up to us to build the future our families deserve.
A different kind of campaign.
Even before we decided to commit to a run for city council, we knew we wanted to run a different kind of campaign. We knew we weren't going to be meeting with real estate developers in backrooms and we knew we weren't going to be holding high-dollar fundraising dinners at the Hyatt. If voters wanted a candidate in the pocket of big developers, they would have plenty to choose from.
We needed to offer something different. We decided that we're going to hit the streets and talk to the people who call Santa Clarita home. We want to talk to the parents just trying to get their kids through high school. We want to talk to the small-business owners trying to bring new jobs to Santa Clarita. We want to talk to the innovators and entrepreneurs who see the potential of our great city. We want to talk to the homeless veteran, and the at-risk teenager, and the people in Canyon Country and Newhall who are all-to-often excluded from a seat at the table.
Above all else, we aren't going to wait until the election is over to get to work.
a drug problem
We can and must do more to combat the growing opioid epidemic in our community. Young people are losing their lives to dangerous drugs and families and bystanders are threatened by the illicit opioid trade.
We have an obligation to our children and grandchildren to our planet to protect our environment and combat the disastrous effects of climate change, and ensure our valley remains beautiful.
Santa Clarita is the third largest city in the county, with a burgeoning homeless population. We need to address this with a comprehensive action plan to ensure the safety of all residents in Santa Clarita.
Small businesses make Santa Clarita thrive, and we must inspire innovation and attract dreamers and entrepeneurs who see the potential in our city.
“Leadership is helping other people succeed.”
Christy smith | Newhall school board
My name is Logan Smith. I've lived in the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley since 2004. I was born at Cedar Sinai, and lived in the Antelope Valley, and then in Tennessee and Oklahoma before my single mother packed us up and moved us back to sunny California to provide a better future for her kids. Although my father was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and passed away when I was seven, the lessons he instilled in me have guided me in all aspects of my life: Care for everyone, even those you will never meet. Be curious, and learn as much as you can. Put yourself in the shoes of others to understand their struggles.
Most importantly: Dare to dream big.
It's time for bold ideas and hands-on innovation in Santa Clarita. As an advocate and activist, I have worked with youth organizations at our college and high school campuses and educate and activate students, including registering hundreds of new voters at College of the Canyons in 2016. Research shows us that early voter registration correlates to lifelong civic engagement, and I wholeheartedly believe that every American should partake in the venerable democratic process of voting. As George Jean Nathan once said, "Bad politicians are elected by good people who do not vote."
I have stood on the front lines with our neighbors in Val Verde and Castaic in the fight against out-of-state developers seeking to build the largest open-air-landfill in North America in our very own backyard. I have watched friends and neighbors fall victim to the growing opioid epidemic ravaging the youth of our valley. I have worked myself to exhaustion to elect candidates across the political spectrum who will best represent our community instead of big developers and out-of-state lobbyists.
For too long, partisanship and bureaucracy and backroom deals have bogged down efforts to address the very real problems facing our community. The people of this city live here because they see Santa Clarita for what it is: A beautiful, hopeful place where we can raise our kids and live good lives. We live here because we have a dream for what a city can be.
Let's realize that dream, together.