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UPDATE: SCV Republican Assembly picks 4 in school board races

Posted: September 23, 2011 2:34 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2011 2:34 p.m.


The head of a local Republican group says he fears Democrats may capitalize on a split Republican vote come November 2012.

“I think it is a fear among Republicans,” said David Gauny, president of the Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly.

“I don’t like that we have six or seven Republican groups,” he said. “From my perspective, we need to get away from insider politics because otherwise it’s going to destroy the party.”

Since the start of this month, the race for state Assembly in 2012 has been shaping up to be a battle between Republicans, with Republican activist Scott Wilk expected to seek the nomination, and Republicans Patricia McKeon and Paul Strickland having formally announced already.

McKeon is wife of Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and Strickland is a member of the William S. Hart Union High School District board.

Wilk is also seeking re-election this November to a seat on the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees.
Gauny’s group on Thursday endorsed Wilk and Bruce Fortine, the other COC incumbent seeking to retain his seat this November.

It also endorsed Gloria Mercado-Fortine for the Hart district board and Priscilla Lofton for Sulphur Springs School District board in the Nov. 8 election.

The SCVRA, which boasts 136 members, was established by Wilk in 2005.

Chartered under the California Republican Assembly, the group is charged with identifying and promoting issues and candidates that reflect its commitment to de-centralized government, strong traditional families and lower taxes.



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