District Democrats launch Smith’s campaign for Assembly

By Gina Ender

Last update: Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Democrats, donors and dignitaries gathered at a Newhall home Thursday night to kick off Christy Smith’s campaign for the 38th Assembly District at a private fundraising event.

This is the Santa Clarita resident’s second run at the seat, which is currently held by Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita).

Smith, Newhall School Board President, said she knew she would run for office again as of election night in November, wanting to represent California after Donald Trump was elected and saying she knew Democrats felt America run by Trump was “not the country they signed up for.”

“It was a lesson in gratitude and a lesson in patriotism,” Smith said.

Christy Smith, a candidate for California’s 38th District Assembly, speaks to constituents and donors during a campaign kickoff at a residence in Newhall on Thursday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

She said as a mother, the election results hit her uniquely when she stayed up late talking about concerns with her older daughter and consoled her younger daughter the morning after.

When her younger daughter said she could not bear to go to school in the morning, Smith said she had to stand up for those who would be scared after the presidential election.

“Think of your Muslim friends, your gay friends, your Latino friends and your African American friends,” Smith recalled telling her daughter. “That is the contribution you can make.”

Wanting to make this contribution herself at the state level, Smith said she knew she had to represent these groups and run for Assembly again.

“California will remain a beacon of hope for the entire country,” she said.

Smith said she is committed firstly to education and said if elected, she would ensure she served all students in the public school system.

“Every neighborhood school needs to be a good school,” Smith said.

The candidate also said she is committed to finding a health care system that works and to helping the poor.

Every person of every political viewpoint would aid someone hurt on the side of the road, Smith said, and that same mentality should be applied to the health care system.

“We need to get back to talking about service that is inclusive,” she said. “Service should be available to everyone.”

Speaking further about inclusivity, Smith said she was committed to listening to people of all political viewpoints.

Additionally, she said she wanted to ensure Democrats continued to grow their grassroots campaigns.

Asking for donations of any size to support her campaign, up to the legal limit of $4,400 per person, Smith thanked attendees for their support, friendship and donations.

“We’re going to change the course of history here in this district,” Smith concluded.

Constituents, donors and supporters listen to speeches during a campaign kickoff for Christy Smith, a candidate for California’s 38th District Assembly, at a residence in Newhall on Thursday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Among attendees was California State Controller Betty Yee, who said she was certain the Democrats had a champion in Smith.

“We are so looking forward to welcoming you to the State Assembly,” Yee said to Smith.

Smith is someone who serves with integrity and represents the district well, Yee said. Yee was on the ground in the last campaign making phone calls to constituents and said she was committed to doing the same this time, too.

“We are going to define this campaign right here in this district,” the state controller said.

Guest Kerry Osborne, a College of the Canyons instructor, told The Signal she supported Smith’s efforts to improve education.

“I am very interested in the Assembly race from an education perspective,” Osborne said. “Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.”

Longtime Santa Clarita resident and organized labor representative Don Easy said he appreciated Smith’s commitment to the working class.

“She looks out for common people,” he said. “She is a breath of hope.”

Former Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger said he believed it was time for a Democrat to represent the Santa Clarita Valley in Sacramento.

“She reflects my values,” Winger said about Smith. “It is time for a change in this valley.”

Darren W. Parker, statewide chair of the African American Caucus and special assistant to Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, expressed his support for Smith’s candidacy.

“I think she is the perfect candidate,” Parker said. “It is about bringing the community together and putting our best foot forward. That is what Christy is.”

Christy Smith, left, a candidate for California’s 38th District Assembly speaks to constituent and school board member Sue Solomon during a campaign kickoff at a residence in Newhall on Thursday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Melanie Paulsen, team leader for Hillary for America in the 2016 presidential campaign and executive vice president of Win to Lead, said Smith is a “dynamic leader.”

“California could use some experts, and Christy is an expert,” Paulsen said. “She is capable, competent and experienced.”

California Assembly District 38 Regional Vice Chair Stacy Fortner said Smith is the representative the district needs in Sacramento.

“When it comes to Christy, she looks like us, she talks like us and she represents us well,” Fortner said. “I cannot think of anyone better to send to Sacramento.”

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District Democrats launch Smith’s campaign for Assembly

Christy Smith, a candidate for California's 38th District Assembly, speaks to constituents and donors during a campaign appearance. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Democrats, donors and dignitaries gathered at a Newhall home Thursday night to kick off Christy Smith’s campaign for the 38th Assembly District at a private fundraising event.

This is the Santa Clarita resident’s second run at the seat, which is currently held by Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita).

Smith, Newhall School Board President, said she knew she would run for office again as of election night in November, wanting to represent California after Donald Trump was elected and saying she knew Democrats felt America run by Trump was “not the country they signed up for.”

“It was a lesson in gratitude and a lesson in patriotism,” Smith said.

Christy Smith, a candidate for California’s 38th District Assembly, speaks to constituents and donors during a campaign kickoff at a residence in Newhall on Thursday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

She said as a mother, the election results hit her uniquely when she stayed up late talking about concerns with her older daughter and consoled her younger daughter the morning after.

When her younger daughter said she could not bear to go to school in the morning, Smith said she had to stand up for those who would be scared after the presidential election.

“Think of your Muslim friends, your gay friends, your Latino friends and your African American friends,” Smith recalled telling her daughter. “That is the contribution you can make.”

Wanting to make this contribution herself at the state level, Smith said she knew she had to represent these groups and run for Assembly again.

“California will remain a beacon of hope for the entire country,” she said.

Smith said she is committed firstly to education and said if elected, she would ensure she served all students in the public school system.

“Every neighborhood school needs to be a good school,” Smith said.

The candidate also said she is committed to finding a health care system that works and to helping the poor.

Every person of every political viewpoint would aid someone hurt on the side of the road, Smith said, and that same mentality should be applied to the health care system.

“We need to get back to talking about service that is inclusive,” she said. “Service should be available to everyone.”

Speaking further about inclusivity, Smith said she was committed to listening to people of all political viewpoints.

Additionally, she said she wanted to ensure Democrats continued to grow their grassroots campaigns.

Asking for donations of any size to support her campaign, up to the legal limit of $4,400 per person, Smith thanked attendees for their support, friendship and donations.

“We’re going to change the course of history here in this district,” Smith concluded.

Constituents, donors and supporters listen to speeches during a campaign kickoff for Christy Smith, a candidate for California’s 38th District Assembly, at a residence in Newhall on Thursday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Among attendees was California State Controller Betty Yee, who said she was certain the Democrats had a champion in Smith.

“We are so looking forward to welcoming you to the State Assembly,” Yee said to Smith.

Smith is someone who serves with integrity and represents the district well, Yee said. Yee was on the ground in the last campaign making phone calls to constituents and said she was committed to doing the same this time, too.

“We are going to define this campaign right here in this district,” the state controller said.

Guest Kerry Osborne, a College of the Canyons instructor, told The Signal she supported Smith’s efforts to improve education.

“I am very interested in the Assembly race from an education perspective,” Osborne said. “Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.”

Longtime Santa Clarita resident and organized labor representative Don Easy said he appreciated Smith’s commitment to the working class.

“She looks out for common people,” he said. “She is a breath of hope.”

Former Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger said he believed it was time for a Democrat to represent the Santa Clarita Valley in Sacramento.

“She reflects my values,” Winger said about Smith. “It is time for a change in this valley.”

Darren W. Parker, statewide chair of the African American Caucus and special assistant to Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, expressed his support for Smith’s candidacy.

“I think she is the perfect candidate,” Parker said. “It is about bringing the community together and putting our best foot forward. That is what Christy is.”

Christy Smith, left, a candidate for California’s 38th District Assembly speaks to constituent and school board member Sue Solomon during a campaign kickoff at a residence in Newhall on Thursday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Melanie Paulsen, team leader for Hillary for America in the 2016 presidential campaign and executive vice president of Win to Lead, said Smith is a “dynamic leader.”

“California could use some experts, and Christy is an expert,” Paulsen said. “She is capable, competent and experienced.”

California Assembly District 38 Regional Vice Chair Stacy Fortner said Smith is the representative the district needs in Sacramento.

“When it comes to Christy, she looks like us, she talks like us and she represents us well,” Fortner said. “I cannot think of anyone better to send to Sacramento.”

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Gina Ender

Gina Ender

Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.

  • Gary Bierend

    What, no Sunday School photo?

    Why no mention of the smear tactics Smith deployed at the VIA candidate forum? This very paper denounced her for it. Do all those people that voiced support realize they are endorsing a person of such questionable character?

    • Ron Bischof
      • Gary Bierend

        That’s the one. I applaud The Signal for highlighting Smith’s desperate mudslinging. Thankfully, her efforts backfired. It’s amazing that these folks that support her can just ignore her obvious and cynical attempts to destroy a good man.

  • Brian Richards

    I’ve asked, but nobody including Ms. Smith has yet to answer. How will one more democrat in Sacramento do anything for anyone?

    “Think of your Muslim friends, your gay friends, your Latino friends and your African American friends,”

    How inclusive of you Ms. Smith. Pathetic….

    • Troy Alexander

      Racist much?

      • Ron Bischof

        It was about pandering, it appears.

        • Troy Alexander

          Pimping and pandering? or just pandering

          • Ron Bischof

            Pandering in the political context.

            Do you require further information on the topic?

          • Troy Alexander

            How am I pandering? You know nothing about me

          • Troy Alexander

            Maybe you assume just because of what you can research online

          • Troy Alexander

            And maybe I do the same thing, and assume I know who you are just because of a comment that you post

          • Ron Bischof

            It’s not about you, Mr. Alexander. As far as I know, you’re not a politician running for office making political speeches.

            Ms. Smith is the one doing the pandering.

          • Troy Alexander

            Sorry Ron. I’m involved in another legal “thing” and others have been messing with my mind a little bit

          • Ron Bischof

            No worries as sometimes thoughts are lost in translation without the benefit of real time clarification.

            I hope your other issue is resolved to your satisfaction.

          • Troy Alexander

            Thank you, I appreciate that a great deal

        • Anthony Breznican

          Yes, trying to speak to people from different walks of life and pledging to stand for the issues that concern them is “pandering.” God forbid someone running for state office reach out to voters and try to engage with them on the subjects that are vital to their interests.

      • Brian Richards

        Ouch, that hurts way more than the 943 times before that I’ve been called that. Can we add misogynist and homophobic too, you know, just to balance things out on the ridiculous and unfounded name calling?

        • Anthony Breznican

          If one has been called something 943 times, maybe there’s something to it?

      • Troy Alexander

        If you are called something over and over, maybe there is a ring of truth to it?

        No, of course not. You know everything

        • Troy Alexander

          Your muslim friends, your catholic friends, your evangelical friends, your baptist friends,and “those others”

          (you automatically just assume I am one of “those liberals”)

  • Anthony Breznican

    This is an excellent write-up of Christy Smith’s launch event. Our family was there, and I was happy my own kids got to hear her story about resilience, integrity, and fighting for what’s right. She has done great things for education in the SCV, and we are eager to see her take her honor and expertise to the state level.

  • Gary Bierend

    The words “integrity” and “honor” belong nowhere in a description of this hack:

    https://signalscv.com/2016/10/01/our-view-what-a-shame/