For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
AD-38'S BORDERING ASSEMBLYMEMBER BACKS CHRISTY SMITH IN 2018 REMATCH
State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin Endorses Newhall School Board President Christy Smith
SANTA CLARITA, CA -- Serving as the latest evidence of the extensive enthusiasm for her campaign for State Assembly District 38, today Newhall School Board President Christy Smith secured a highly coveted endorsement from State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin.
Irwin, who represent's California's 44th District in the State Assembly, announced her endorsement of Smith by declaring:
"Christy Smith is the embodiment of the progress, common sense and pragmatism that we need in California. She's a devoted leader to the communities, students, parents and schools that she represents. I know that in the State Assembly, Christy's agenda will be laser focused on creating more good paying middle class jobs, expanding opportunity by improving schools, access to higher education and more job-training and vocational and career tech programs, ensuring clean air and clean water for all and much more. She's got guts, brains and the boldness we need fighting on behalf of the 38th District. I'm proud to endorse her."
Recently Smith rolled out a wave of powerful endorsements, including California State Controller Betty Yee, State Assembly Member Cristina Garcia and State Senator Ben Allen.
Smith, who previously ran in 2016 and shocked political observers across California by making the 38th District competitive for Democrats for the first time in recent memory, raised and spent a significant $1.4 million this past November. She begins the 2018 campaign with over $40,000 in her war chest.
In announcing her challenge to incumbent Assembly Member Dante Acosta, Newhall School Board President Christy Smith previously released the following statement:
"Every day, it's becoming abundantly clear to me that this moment in history calls for a bold and lasting movement — powered by real people, on the ground, in our community. We've already witnessed the beginnings of it, with the women's march, by democracy in action through town halls, gatherings and heightened political discourse and civic engagement in our district, across California and throughout America. This movement has been manifested by moms and dads, grandmothers, young people, and our neighbors who have set in motion a grassroots uprising to transform our nation right from our backyards.
"It's a movement that isn’t about any one of us—but rather all of us — and it's what has inspired me to step up to the plate and to run again for the California State Assembly. This movement has given me both the courage and the drive to stand up and fight against the politics of division and for a better life for the people of our community and our state. Not a government run by partisan zealots who are silent in the face of abhorrent statements by those who sit at the top of our nation or who put big corporations, millionaires and billionaires first, but instead a government of, by and for the people.
"We need a government that understands that basic, quality healthcare is a human right— not a privilege — where all students have access to a higher education or to job-training — where combatting climate change while ensuring clean air and clean water is not up for debate — where we embrace equality for all Americans — where we prioritize compassion over cruelty — and country, humanity and human decency come before extreme partisanship.
"These are the reasons why I'm running, at this very moment, because while California can't necessarily control the all chaos stemming from repressive leaders in Washington, the fact remains that the promise of California is still shining bright, and I know that together, we can turn this backyard-driven movement into action right here, and bring progress to communities throughout the 38th District."
Christy Smith was elected to the Newhall School Board in 2009. She is active in education advocacy locally and state-wide, serving as the Legislative Vice President of the Santa Clarita Valley Trustees Association and as a delegate to the California School Board Association. Smith lives in Santa Clarita with Phil, her husband of 26 years and their two girls.
Paid for by Christy Smith for Assembly 2018