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Strickland takes leave from job with Smyth

Posted: September 21, 2011 10:47 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2011 10:47 a.m.

Paul Strickland, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for Assembly in the November 2012 election, has taken a leave of absence without pay from his position as aide to Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, it was announced today.

"Paul is going to take a leave of absence to focus on his campaign," Smyth told The Signal this morning.

The news comes a day after Strickland formally announced he is running in the next election for the California 38th Assembly seat, a position currently held by Smyth.

Smyth said the announcement was made "to protect this office as well as himself" against any perceptions regarding conflict of interest.

Strickland, 69, a 10-year veteran board member for the William S. Hart Union High School District and chairman of Santa Clarita's Arts Commission, is the second person to officially announce his candidacy.

On Sept. 8, 68-year-old Patricia McKeon, wife of Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, officially launched her campaign for state Assembly in November 2012.

College of the Canyons board member Scott Wilk, 52, is also expected to announce his candidacy for the Assembly district seat.




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