Mayor Pro-tem Bob Kellar
[McKeon Campaign] – Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman Bob Kellar announced his strong support Tuesday of Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon for Congress for California’s 25th District.
“It is extremely important that the Republican Party come together and stand shoulder to shoulder on the many issues facing us and do what’s right for this state and this country-and I gladly give my support and endorsement to Congressman McKeon,” said Bob Kellar. “He has the interest of the community and experience to get the job done.”
“I am honored to have the support of such a great and dedicated public servant as Bob Kellar,” said Buck McKeon. “He works tirelessly for this community, and I am proud to have him as a partner in our shared commitment of fighting for this great place that we call home.”
Bob Kellar joined the City of Santa Clarita as a first-term Councilmember in April 2000, and served as Mayor in 2004 and again in 2008 when he was re-elected. He began his life of public service by enlisting in the United States Army from 1965 through 1967. This was followed by 25 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. Kellar retired from the LAPD in 1993, finishing up his career as the Supervisor in Charge of Reserve Officer Training at the Police Academy. Throughout his more than 32 years as a Santa Clarita resident, he has played an active role in the community, serving on several local non-profit boards and committees.
Kellar served as President of the Canyon Country Chamber of Commerce from 1993 through its incorporation with the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce in 1995. He was instrumental in re-shaping the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce to include Canyon Country during this time. In 2000, Kellar served as President of the Santa Clarita Division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors and the Santa Clarita Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee. From 2003 to 2007, Kellar served on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation. Today, Kellar serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Foundation.
Bob is proud to be a 20 year member of the Santa Clarita Valley Veterans Memorial Committee. He served as past president in 1993 and 1994, and currently serves as president of the Veterans Memorial Community. Bob feels very strong about supporting our local veterans community and our country.
As a former Chair of the City’s Planning Commission, Kellar stood strong to insure that new development follows a more sound and responsible approach to growth. As a City Councilmember, Kellar has worked hard to prevent the proposed Cemex mining operation from going through. Additionally, Kellar has been a driving force in bringing stake holders together to get the Whittaker Bermite site cleaned up and with a responsible development in place.
Kellar is proud of the work he has been able to accomplish on behalf of the citizens of Santa Clarita. His success has largely been the result of his ability to bring decision-makers together and put them on a common course.
Kellar considers one of his primary responsibilities to be his availability to our citizens and to do what he can to maintain a high level quality of life for all.
McKeon’s Democratic challenger, Dr. Lee Rogers, made the following remarks Tuesday:
“Bob Kellar is an honorable man, and he’s certainly a better friend to Congressman McKeon than McKeon has been to him. We only get one person that we can send to Washington to make an impact locally. McKeon’s failing in that duty, especially on Cemex, and I would be a good friend to the City of Santa Clarita and take my direction from them, not the other way around.”