By Josh Premako
Senior Staff Writer
Saturday December 16, 2006
Out from behind the City Council dais and into statewide office, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has assembled a representative team that he said is experienced and cohesive.
“We have a good team … I’m excited,” Smyth said Friday. “I’m ready for the first of the year so we can get to work.”
Locally, Smyth has chosen Ed Masterson as his field representative.
Masterson, whom Smyth said he has known for nearly a decade, is a past president of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“I wanted someone who’s both well known and well respected in the community,” Smyth said.
Though he said he doesn’t have a political background, Masterson said his business background – including work in the film industry – has honed and informed his interpersonal relations.
Additionally, the Saugus resident said “I’ve been working here in the business community since 1999 … (and) I’ve grown to love this community.”
In addition to interviewing and assembling a team of staffers who have a “broad base of knowledge,” Smyth said it was key to select a group that is cohesive and works well together – something the new assemblyman said he’s got.
The 38th district office is being relocated from Granada Hills to Santa Clarita, said Kevin O’Neill, Smyth’s chief of staff.
In addition to Masterson, Christine Ward will be a local field representative, having formerly worked as an executive assistant and scheduler for former Assemblyman Keith Richman, who Smyth replaces.
Jarrod DeGonia, former chief of staff for Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels, will be the district director, O’Neill said.
In Sacramento, in addition to O’Neill, Ryan Flanigan will serve as legislative director and press secretary, and Donda Scholl will be Smyth’s executive assistant and scheduler.