After announcing serious consideration of a run, both Alan Ferdman and Dante Acosta announced they are throwing their hats in the ring of the 2014 City Council election.
A longtime Santa Clarita resident and community advocate, Ferdman will be running in a race that has already seen a couple of familiar faces eye the seat that will be vacated because Councilman Frank Ferry will not be running for re-election.
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Acosta, who made an unsuccessful bid at Congressman Buck McKeon's seat in the 38th Congressional District in 2012, has been a community volunteer, financial advisor and Gold Star father.
Ferdman, who moved to Canyon Country in 1965, is running because he "has a consistent history of community involvement and volunteering," he said.
As the chair of the Canyon Country Advisory Committee since 2002, Ferdman wants to be instrumental in maintaining Santa Clarita's "family-friendly lifestyle, reducing traffic congestion and bringing high-end jobs to the Santa Clarita Valley."
Acosta made the following statement about his intention to run:
"My wife and I moved to the Santa Clarita Valley 27 years ago when we were first married, 2 years before the City of Santa Clarita was born. We made our home here, we work here and are raising our family here. It is a special place and I want to do my part to insure that the future of Santa Clarita is even brighter than it’s past.
Acosta became a Gold Star Father after the loss of his son, U.S. Army SPC Rudy Acosta who was killed in Afghanistan 2 years ago and has been a successful financial advisor for over 20 years. Since the death of his son, Mr. Acosta has been an outspoken advocate for our military’s force protection protocols.
Ferdman also said he strongly believes in open government and wants to know your ideas, issues and concerns.
Gloria Mercado-Fortine and Maria Gutzeit have already announced that they are intending to run, and City Planning Commissioner Diane Trautman announced an exploratory committee at the same time as Ferdman, back in January.
Councilwomen Marsha McLean and Laurene Weste will be seeking to retain their seats in the 2014 election.
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