By. Diana Sevanian
He’s really young so musical chairs should be nothing new to him.
Cameron Smyth was a Santa Clarita city councilman, then mayor pro-tem, then mayor, then became city councilman again last December and just recently became mayor pro-tem — again.
He is well known for his “Milk and Cookies with the Mayor” approach to promoting “approachable” community politics in a laid back environment.
He is also the husband of Lena Smyth, the father of their first child, three-month-old Gavin, and the son of longtime SCV residents and community leaders, Clyde and Sue Smyth. (Clyde was a 15-year superintendent of the William S. Hart School District, served four years on the Santa Clarita city council and one year as mayor. Sue spent 20 years working as a teacher for the Newhall School District and is a member of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Home Tour League, which raises funds for birthing services at the community hospital.)
A homeboy done good, he was born and raised in Newhall, attended Peachland Elementary School, Placerita Junior High and Hart High. Upon graduation he went off to University of California at Davis where he lettered in football and volleyball. Smyth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication.
He began his career working for the California Republican party as the Santa Clarita field representative for Assemblyman “Pete” Knight and served as Knight’s campaign manager in 1996 (he was the youngest campaign manager for any state legislative race in California). After Knight won the election Smyth was promoted to deputy chief of staff. In 2000 Smyth was hired as the public affairs manager for Shell Oil Products.
Cameron and Lena are active throughout the SCV community and have lent their energies to many non-profits as board members and volunteers via: The American Red Cross and its local blood drives; Zonta Club of Santa Clarita; the American Heart Association; the American Diabetes Association; the Special Olympics; the Betty Ferguson Foundation (a local non-profit that strives to empower women and youth — Cameron Smyth is an inaugural board member, done out of support for the cause and respect for his own mother, Sue Smyth); and the SCV Boys and Girls Club.