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Smyth retains his Assembly seat

Posted: November 4, 2008 10:34 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2009 5:00 a.m.
 
Voters in the 38th Assembly District returned Republican Cameron Smyth to office, according to early returns Tuesday.

Smyth, 37, a Santa Clarita native son, faced a fierce battle from Democrat Carole Lutness but apparently won handily.

"It's really a validation for the work I have done over the past years," Smyth said at local Republican headquarters Tuesday night.

"I've received 20 percent above Republican registration, which means 20 percent of the vote came from those other than Republicans and that's very satisfying."

"(Smyth) is a home-grown son and really fights hard for this valley," said Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste, who served with Smyth on the council.

Smyth advocated an improvement to California's economy but stood firm against raising taxes.

Public safety is a top priority for the son of Santa Clarita founding father, but he opposed cuts in school funding. Until his first term as assemblyman for the 38th District, Smyth served the Santa Clarita City
Council for six years and as Santa Clarita mayor while operating a consulting business.

Lutness vigorously challenged Smyth, running a campaign advocating "clean money" versus special interests and attacking Smyth for voting in favor of the interests of campaign contributors.

Lutness, 66, a health care professional, focused on putting families before corporations.

She advocated strengthening the economy with better government oversight of financial institutions, a balanced budget and the creation of "green jobs."

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