Jerry Danielsen | Endorsements Have Changed

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor

Last week I fired up the Wayback Machine, and in The Signal’s archives I came across your endorsements for local offices in the 2016 general election. 

On Oct. 5, 2016 your article read: “(W)e have also seen – on some elected boards and councils around the Santa Clarita Valley – longevity in office leading to elected officials losing touch with their vote’s effect on constituents; to a stale approach in governing; to squabbling over minutiae; and at times to exhibitions of outright entitlement.” 

Well stated. 

You followed with a somewhat reluctant endorsement of my opponent for the College of the Canyons board of trustees, Area 4, incumbent Michelle Jenkins. You wrapped it up with: “It is unlikely Jenkins will again receive our endorsement; it is time for our valley to look forward to not just 2020 but to 2050 and beyond.” 

Then you gave me and my campaign a brief write-up, which was very fair of you, I appreciated that. 

Back to the present day. Since 2016, we’ve seen some turnover on the COC board — which I see as healthy change, a positive development. Based on your 2016 editorial, so do you. 

So perhaps you can understand my confusion when I read The Signal endorsed Ms. Jenkins — who has held that seat now for three-plus decades — for the Nov. 3 election. 

Now, your endorsement is your business. It’s your right and your prerogative to publish it, but I do have questions. 

What changed your mind? Is entrenched, out-of-touch incumbency no longer an issue or a problem? 

And: Why no mention of me or my campaign this time? This seat has NEVER been competitive before. I ran a good race in 2016, and this time I’ve got a real shot at an upset win. That’s news! 

I thank The Signal for their coverage of local government — it’s good and important work that you do. I’ll close with a reminder to all my Santa Clarita neighbors: Vote, and vote early! 

Jerry Danielsen

Candidate, COC Board of Trustees, Area 4

Canyon Country

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