A Santa Clarita tax adviser is throwing his hat in the ring for the 25th Congressional District, seeking the seat held by Congressman Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, for more than 20 years. Troy Castagna, 37, of Saugus, who runs his business TC Financial, out of a Santa Clarita Valley office. Castagna acknowledged he was a relatively late-comer to the race, but also said he was spurred to run after finding out about who the presumptive front-runners were for the Republican Party.
Santa Clarita City Council candidates Alan Ferdman and Dante Acosta might be able to relate to the famous Yogi Berra saying “deja vu all over again” more than most. After tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures, months of campaigning and a very long election night, they’re still in the same spot they were in Tuesday. “It’s like waiting for the election date again,” Ferdman said, in an interview at the KHTS AM-1220 newsroom Friday. “I have to stay positive, and this time I have a little bit of a hurdle to get over.”
The polls are long closed in Santa Clarita’s City Council election, and city officials plan to tally the remaining results Tuesday, after proper verifications are made. Unofficial election results show a turnout of 14,870 voters, who cast 38,837 votes -- however, the results of the last 965 ballots are likely to decide the election. Santa Clarita officials had all of the verified votes counted as of about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, will all precincts reported. These preliminary, unofficial results show Mayor Laurene Weste garnered 5,822 votes and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean had 5,363 votes. And then the margins narrow significantly.
Santa Clarita and SCVTV are bringing a live streaming view of the City Council race from City Hall on Tuesday, so residents can watch the Election Day results of the vote in real time. Tuesday marks the end of a monthslong race, as candidates vie for three seats in an election expected to be extremely close. There are 13 candidates on the ballot. Their names are Dante Acosta, Sandy Bull, Moazzum Chowdhury, Dennis Conn, Stephen Daniels, Alan Ferdman, Berta Gonzalez-Harper, Maria Gutzeit, Duane Harte, Marsha McLean, Gloria Mercado-Fortine, Laurene Weste and Paul Wieczorek.
Santa Clarita City Council race is less than 10 days away, candidates have filed their last campaign disclosures before voters hit the ballots and nearly 7,000 votes have been cast. In the last three City Council elections, votes by mail report have shown a turnout of about 2-to-1 in favor of mail-in or absentee ballots for Santa Clarita. In 2012, slightly more than 11,600 of the 15,390 votes cast were sent by mail. Only 3,783 votes were cast at the polls on election day. Absentee or mail-in ballots may be submitted up until the close of polls on election day, said Susan Caputo, assistant city clerk, noting that 6,888 ballots already have been received.
Santa Clarita City Council candidate Moazzem Chowdhury was listed in a complaint against a Lancaster pharmacy, one of four he owns. A complaint filed in November against Santa Clarita Valley pharmacist and Santa Clarita City Council candidate Moazzem Chowdhury of Desert Drugs cites three causes for discipline from 2010 actions, as part of an active investigation. The alleged causes for discipline stem from accusations from an inspector who noted Desert Drugs did not properly shred patient information before disposal, dispensed prescriptions for Schedule II narcotics without physician verification and a lack of accurate records from a business-to-business narcotics purchase.