COC board race remains close


As incumbent Michael Berger once again secured his seat in the wake of no opposition, Ann-Marie Bjorkman and Joan MacGregor faced off in Tuesday’s election for the opportunity to represent Area No. 5 of the Santa Clarita Community College District, which encompasses College of the Canyons.

MacGregor, who has served as a trustee on COC’s board for 25 years, hoped to use her experience as the driving force to sway potential voters, while Bjorkman touted her energy, passion and drive, which she feels can create new partnerships for the college.

With each candidate securing multiple endorsements in recent months, it appeared as though the race would shape up to be one of the more competitive school board races of the night.

When early voting numbers were released at 8:45 p.m., MacGregor would jump out to a 500-vote lead over the challenger Bjorkman, which she would maintain as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

“I am really pleased to have the support of the voters in my area and I think they have shown that experience is what’s important to them,” MacGregor said, adding that she would be up late watching the returns come in. “I look forward to having another positive effect on the board in the future.”

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