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Candidates stumping one house at a time

Smyth, Strickland team up to meet voters in Old Orchard neighborhood

Posted: July 27, 2008 12:35 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, and state senate candidate Tony Strickland, went door to door to homes of Republican registered voters, as they kicked off their campaign Saturday morning.

Jonell Root got a surprise on Saturday when she opened the door to see Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Tony Strickland, State Senate candidate for the 19th district, standing on her porch.

“I was shocked when I opened the door,” the Old Orchard I resident said.

The morning mingle session was part of Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and Strickland’s campaign election kick-off event titled, “Walking and knocking to victory tour.”

With 100 days left until election day, Smyth said they chose Saturday to team up and visit the Valencia, Stevenson Ranch and Newhall neighborhoods in their districts to introduce themselves and connect with voters.

As Smyth and Strickland, a former Assemblyman, walked around Via Sistine and Via Tanara located in the Valencia-Newhall neighborhood, up to 40 of their volunteers took on different areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, visiting the homes of registered Republicans to drop off campaign material.

On Saturday, the Root family chatted with Smyth and Strickland, both who were casually dressed.
Jonell’s husband, Tom, said he has a friendship with Smyth that goes back 15 years and includes his college years.

“We were neighbors,” he said.

While he isn’t familiar with Strickland’s platform, the Roots see the door-to-door effort as a strong campaigning method.

“You can talk about issues that are important,” Tom Root said.

Smyth said the door-to-door campaign gives him a way to re-connect with voters, especially because he spent the recent months in Sacramento.

“Nothing beats retail campaigning, going door-to-door, meeting and talking with voters,” he said.
It’s a belief Strickland sees, too.

“I’ve always believed in grassroots politics,” said the Republican candidate.

Strickland, currently vice president of Green Wave Energy Solutions, LLC, a renewable energy development company, is up against Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson for the seat currently occupied by Sen. Tom McClintock.

If elected, Strickland hopes to fully address California’s budget crisis.

“When we talk about the budget deficit, we can’t look at our citizens like ATMs,” he said.

Instead, Strickland wants more oversight when it comes to spending.

Strickland strives to bring his experience with Green Wave to the position as he sees being energy dependent and reducing foreign oil dependence as essential to growth.

The two plan to continue their door-to-door efforts as the November election nears.

Smyth said in August, he returns to Sacramento, but will assume his campaign efforts in his district around Labor Day. In the meantime, he will have volunteers walking “almost every weekend.”

Strickland said he will be in the local valley “frequently,” but said he has to campaign in a wide-spreading area that includes a chunk of Southern California.


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