No. 10: Cameron Smyth

Top 51 for 2021

“Cameron Smyth, a second-generation leader in the Santa Clarita Valley, understands the importance of keeping Santa Clarita one of the best places to raise a family, and he’s demonstrated a dedication to keeping it that way for decades.”

— Richard Budman, Signal Publisher/Owner

A regular on this list, Cameron Smyth has been involved in public office for much of his adult life. His father, Clyde Smyth, was a former superintendent of the William S. Hart Union High School District, and imparted countless lessons that Cameron would take with him throughout his ongoing career in politics.

Smyth was elected to his most recent term in 2016, his third time being sent to the dais by city of Santa Clarita voters. No stranger to politics, Smyth became the city’s youngest City Council member ever back in 2000, after running a successful Assembly campaign for the late Pete Knight a few years earlier.

Smyth won election to the state Assembly, where he served until 2012, earning a reputation for reaching across the aisle and crafting bipartisan legislation that addressed issues for his SCV constituents. Upon leaving the Legislature, he took a job as vice president at Molina Healthcare.

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