October 30th, 2016
Some 250 people were spilling out of the Democratic Party Headquarters on Lyons Avenue to see Ca. Attorney General Kamala Harris campaign on behalf of local democratic candidates on Sunday.
Five candidates took the stage with Harris who included Darrell Park, Henry Stern, Christy Smith, Johnathon Ervin and Bryan Caforio.
“I really do believe that right now we are at a really pivotal moment in history,” said Harris during her speech.
Harris is running for the U.S. Senate seat to replace retiring Senator Barbara Boxer.
The candidates took turns in the spotlight and Harris talked about the importance of this election as well as traditional ideals such as religion and nationality.
“We are being required to look in the mirror and with furrowed brow, we are asking a question, ‘Who are we?’” she said.
“And California is going to help lead the way.”
She said the rest of the nation looks towards California for change.
“So goes California, goes the rest of the country,” she said.
“So the elections that we are up here talking about are about our backyard, Santa Clarita, it’s about our states and it’s about our country. It’s about fighting for the issues.”
“We got a broken criminal justice system, we got a broken immigration system.”
After the speech, Harris spoke with The Signal about the importance of the Santa Clarita Valley to her voter base.
“This is such an important part of our state, this region,” she said. “I see them and I hear them.”
Smith and Caforio spent some of their time in the spotlight talking about their opponents, Dante Acosta and Congressman Steve Knight.
“I have had the courage to say everything I needed to say you to your face in a public forum,” said Smith in reference to Acosta. “So you can spare me your manufactured outrage. You can spare me any conversation about ethics because you need to take a look in the mirror and address your own issues.”
“The issues, the ideas on the other side are so misguided…and so out of touch with this community,” said Caforio. “I am running against a guy who thinks that no woman should have the right to choose what to do with her own healthcare decisions in any circumstances whatsoever.”
Nonetheless, Caforio was enthusiastic to have all the attention at his and Smith’s daily campaign headquarters.
“We are nine days away from turning this entire area blue,” said Caforio.
Originally Posted on The Santa Clarita Valley Signal