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Christy Smith is a 40-year resident of the City of Santa Clarita in the congressional district she is running to serve. In 2020, Smith ran against Republican Congressmember Mike Garcia and earned 36,000 more votes than any other Democrat in our district's history and came within 333 votes of winning in one of the closest congressional races in the nation. As a distinguished state legislator, Smith authored nine bills focusing on education reform, homeowner protections, college affordability and good governance, which were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. This legislative package also included a landmark measure, now law, that removes barriers for survivors of human trafficking to access victims’ compensation. In addition, Smith helped shepherd historic investments in emergency management and also secured $700,000 for the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, $450,000 for the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and $1,397,000 for College of the Canyons. Prior to the State Assembly, Smith formerly served two terms as a Governing Board Member of the highly successful Newhall School District. She also chaired the successful Measure E Prop 39 bond campaign for the Newhall District, which has provided $60 million in resources for facility and technology upgrades. A graduate of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Christy attended College of the Canyons and graduated with honors from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. At age 24, as a student worker, Smith negotiated her first contract, with wage and benefit increases on behalf of over 400 classified employees. After graduating, Christy started her career in public service as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. Christy eventually returned to California with her husband to raise their family. While raising her two daughters, Christy was very active in local education, serving as a PTA and site council member before being elected to the Newhall School Board in 2009. She additionally founded the Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation and served as its initial chairwoman. She currently lives in Santa Clarita with her husband Philip and their two daughters.
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