Jenks, Uygur dis­cuss view­points on 25th Dis­trict is­sues

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EDI­TOR’S NOTE: These are part of a se­ries this week on can­di­dates for the 25th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict seat.

Santa Clarita Repub­li­can Ken­neth Jenks is one of 13 can­di­dates run­ning for the 25th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict seat held by for­mer Rep. Katie Hill. Jenks, a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­ec­u­tive, an­swered ques­tions about his can­di­dacy via email:

Why are you run­ning for Congress?

I am run­ning for of­fice to give the con­stituents a rep­re­sen­ta­tive that will fight for ev­ery­one. A Con­gress­man that will see to it that our dis­trict does not go down a slip­pery slope that (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi and all her com­mem­o­ra­tive pen pals have taken their own dis­tricts. I am a 30-year res­i­dent and home­owner of Santa Clarita. I raised my now two adult chil­dren in Santa Clarita, and my three young grand­chil­dren took their first steps in the 25th. We will not al­low the failed lib­eral left poli­cies like many of the other dis­tricts take root in our dis­trict.

What ex­pe­ri­ence do you have that you feel qual­i­fies you for the job?

I am a mer­i­to­ri­ous U.S. Marine Corps cam­paign ser­vice medal vet­eran. I am

a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Le­gion and VFW. I sup­port our vet­er­ans now and will con­tinue to sup­port poli­cies and leg­is­la­tion that fur­ther sup­port our vet­er­ans.

I have had a 35-year telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­reer (start­ing) as an en­gi­neer through vice pres­i­dent. I have led di­verse or­ga­ni­za­tions and cre­ated hun­dreds of jobs dur­ing my ca­reer here in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and our dis­trict. I hold a bach­e­lor of sci­ence in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions en­gi­neer­ing, and a sec­ond con­cen­tra­tion in com­put­ing from Rochester In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy; a mas­ter of sci­ence in en­gi­neer­ing man­age­ment from Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity Northridge; and earned a Top 10 ex­ec­u­tive MBA from South­ern Methodist Univer­sity Cox School of Busi­ness. I also re­ceived spe­cial­ized lead­er­ship train­ing at the South­ern Methodist Univer­sity Ed­win L. Cox Busi­ness Lead­er­ship Cen­ter. This di­verse lead­er­ship and ed­u­ca­tion back­ground dif­fer­en­ti­ates me from all the other can­di­dates and po­si­tions me well to de­liver the lead­er­ship, wis­dom, and sen­si­bil­ity our dis­trict de­serves.

I know busi­ness and cap­i­tal­ism. I have been a key player in sev­eral startup op­er­a­tions with strong (re­turn on in­vest­ment) from a few mil­lion startup cap­i­tal to $300 mil­lion in an­nual rev­enues. I have been build­ing and im­ple­ment­ing car­rier wire­less, wire­line, in­ter­net, en­ter­prise data, voice and fiber op­tic net­works through­out Cal­i­for­nia, the U.S., and glob­ally for 35 years. My work has in­cluded net­work se­cu­rity, cloud com­put­ing, cy­ber­se­cu­rity, health care com­pli­ance, and fed­eral and fi­nan­cial reg­u­la­tory net­work com­pli­ance.

I have worked ex­ten­sively with the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­sis­tance for Law En­force­ment Act agency, Home­land Se­cu­rity, 911/E911 PSAPs, First Re­spon­der Mo­bile Pre-emp­tive Emer­gency Call­ing, Se­cure Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to Heath Care and Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions through­out Cal­i­for­nia and much more. I have also worked with great all-Amer­i­can in­no­va­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers such as REDCOM.

I have been in the fore­front of the dig­i­tal wire­less/mo­bile ser­vices evo­lu­tion. My work in­cludes co­or­di­na­tion with var­i­ous per­mit­ting agen­cies such as trans­porta­tion, city, state, util­i­ties, and rail­road author­i­ties. Safety, en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion and sea­sonal con­straints in­flu­ence (my) work as well.

I con­tinue to im­ple­ment car­rier net­works and en­ter­prise ser­vices to first re­spon­ders, hos­pi­tals, school dis­tricts, uni­ver­si­ties, fed­eral and state agen­cies mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and large en­ter­prise busi­nesses.

What are three ar­eas of con­cern spe­cific to the Antelope Val­ley?

Three ar­eas of con­cern for the Antelope Val­ley are: 1. Qual­ity and af­ford­able ed­u­ca­tion along with school choice. We don’t all learn the same way. We are all unique. 2. Safety, se­cu­rity, and sovereignt­y. This in­cludes le­gal im­mi­gra­tion as well as for DACA chil­dren and young adults tied to im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion. I sup­port our pres­i­dent’s poli­cies in this area. I am also com­pas­sion­ate about this is­sue as my wife of 30plus years was a le­gal im­mi­grant, and my son-in-law is a first-gen­er­a­tion His­panic. His mother em­i­grated legally from Gu­atemala. I un­der­stand the is­sue of im­mi­gra­tion on a per­sonal level, and from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives. There are four lan­guages spo­ken flu­ently in my im­me­di­ate fam­ily. 3. Eco­nom­ics and health care. Strong em­ploy­ment, a busi­ness-friendly en­vi­ron­ment, af­ford­able hous­ing and good health are the bedrock for sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth.

Would you have voted to im­peach Trump? Why or why not?

The left has been af­ter our pres­i­dent for three years. Im­peach­ment has been their doc­trine. I urge ev­ery­one to have an open mind and un­der­stand that our pres­i­dent has been fight­ing the good fight for all of us. He has de­liv­ered re­sults on many fronts. Ukraine is cor­rupt or has been cor­rupt. The Bi­dens were, and likely still are, play­ing in the swamp. Joe Bi­den con­fessed to his quid pro quo him­self. The House im­peach­ment process was a con­tin­u­a­tion of a par­ti­san “im­peach Trump doc­trine,” and the re­sults have shown this. We are smart, and each of us saw what the com­mem­o­ra­tive pen pals tried to pull off. It was a sham and it was dis­grace­ful. It is the sworn duty of the pres­i­dent to ex­e­cute our laws, pro­tect and de­fend our coun­try and con­sti­tu­tion as the com­man­der in chief. This in­cludes pro­tect­ing hard-earned dol­lars from cor­rupt Ukraine, where their lead­ers were known to have stolen bil­lions from their own peo­ple.

KEN­NETH JENKS

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