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Many SCV leaders line up behind Wilk for Assembly

Posted: September 16, 2011 6:15 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2011 6:15 p.m.

Scott Wilk hasn't formally announced he's running for Assembly in November 2012, but a number of local elected leaders lined up Friday to say they're rallying behind him.

Community leaders from Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, to Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, and including directors of local water boards and education boards, were named in a list Friday of endorsements for Wilk.
Wilk, a Republican, is running this November to retain his seat on the Santa Clarita Valley Community College District board and said Tuesday he's concentrating all his efforts on that race.

However, last week Patricia McKeon, 68, wife of Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, officially announced her candidacy for state Assembly in November 2012, heating up a race that's more than a year away.

One other local Republican, William S. Hart Union High School District board member Paul Strickland, has expressed interest in the 38th Assembly District seat being vacated next year by Strickland's boss, Cameron Smyth.

No known Democratic candidates have come forward so far for the district that encompasses the Santa Clarita Valley and parts of the San Fernando and Simi valleys.

Tony Strickland, who in March told a bus load of Santa Clarita Valley delegates visiting Sacramento that Wilk should be sitting across the street in the state Legislature, echoed his endorsement Friday.

"I can't think of a better battle-tested conservative candidate than Scott Wilk," Strickland was quoted as saying in Friday's announcement. "That's why I support Scott Wilk for Assembly."

(Tony Strickland is not related to Paul Strickland.)

Another Wilk supporter quoted Friday was Wilk's former boss, Congressman Tom McClintock, who says: "California needs Scott desperately."

Other Wilk supporters named in the announcement include:

- Senator Sharon Runner

- Board of Equalization member George Runner

- retired Senator Dick Mountjoy

- retired Assemblywoman Paula Boland

- Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy

- Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Ender

- Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar

- Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste

- College of the Canyons Board President Michele Jenkins and COC board members Joan MacGregor and Mike Berger

- Hart School Board members Steve Sturgeon and Joe Messina

- Newhall School Board Member Phil Ellis

- Castaic Union School Board Members Susan Christopher and Steve Teeman

- Santa Clarita Parks Commissioner Chris Fall

- Castaic Lake Water Agency directors Bill Cooper and Ed Colley

- Newhall County Water District Board President Dan Mortensen and district director Kathy Colley

- Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami

- Bert and Jane Boeckmann

- West Valley Boys & Girls Club Board President Gary Thomas

- Simi Valley Boys & Girls Club Board President Fred Thomas

- The Rev. Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition.

"It is really humbling to have the support of such a broad and respected group of people," Wilk said in the announcement.

"We need to stop the bizarre policies like mandating hotels use fitted sheets and that public schools teach gay history and get back to what we are supposed to be doing - getting government out of the way of small business, educating our children, and balancing the budget.

"I am committed to these principles and will be a trusted voice for our community."

Wilk lives in Santa Clarita with his wife, Vanessa. They have two adult children, Scott Jr. and Alison.




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