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Republican jumps into State Assembly race

Board member of Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce eyes 36th District seat

Posted: January 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

A race to represent portions of the Santa Clarita Valley in the state Legislature got a little more crowded recently with a third candidate, Suzette Martinez, officially announcing her intent to run in the 36th Assembly District as a Republican.

Martinez, who is currently a board member for the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release that she is passionate about “limited government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and quality education.”

“I am running to serve the children, families and businesses of the 36th Assembly District,” said Martinez in the release. “My family has been a part of this community for over 20 years and I have spent countless hours in the community advocating for quality education, participating in the electoral process, promoting Republican principals of government, supporting the advancement of women and mobilizing Latinos to participate in the California political process.”

According to information posted on her website, Martinez currently works as a public affairs specialist for LAUP, a nonprofit organization that provides access to preschool for children across Los Angeles County. She previously worked as a district office manager for Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, according to the website.

Martinez is an alumna of both College of the Canyons and California State University, Northridge, according to her website.

The 36th Assembly District takes in portions of Canyon Country and north Saugus.

Her announcement comes with a list of claimed endorsements, including former state Senator and current Congressional candidate Tony Strickland, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R–Oceanside, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, California Republican National Hispanic Assembly Chair Errol Valladares, former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado and California Republican Assembly Immediate Past President Celeste Greig.

“I have spent the last five years engaging with people and providing them with the tools to make a difference in their community,” said Martinez in the news release. “I have seen their needs and listened to their wants.”

The 36th Assembly District is currently represented by Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, who surprised many with his narrow victory in 2012. Fox has confirmed he plans to run for re-election in November and said he expects to have widespread support among his Democratic colleagues.

Another Republican, Palmdale City Councilman Tom Lackey, has also told The Signal he is planning to run in the district.

Lackey also claims a list of endorsements that includes McKeon, House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, current state Senator and current Congressional candidate Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, Board of Equalization Member George Runner and former state Sen. Sharon Runner.

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