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Candidate to announce intentions on Tuesday

Posted: January 15, 2012 10:12 p.m.
Updated: January 15, 2012 10:12 p.m.

Following a week of speculation, Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, is expected to announce Tuesday that he will run for the 26th Congressional District seat.

He is scheduled to make that announcement Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Aviation Museum in Camarillo, according to museum officials preparing for the event.

“Yes, I have it from the person in charge of the museum that, yes, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Tony Strickland is going to make a very important announcement here,” Pat Brown, the museum’s public information officer, said Sunday.

Strickland told The Signal last week that he planned to make his “intentions clear in the very near future” and now that day has arrived.

The senator said he had a lot of supporters telling him he should run for Congress after U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, announced Jan. 7 that he was retiring and would not seek re-election.

Gallegly, who has served since 1987, announced his retirement after new electoral maps put his home outside the 26th Congressional District and into the district currently served by Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.

Strickland’s anticipated promise to run for Congress is expected to cause a ripple effect leading to speculation that Assemblyman Cameron Smyth might run for the Senate district that would be vacated by Strickland.

With Smyth forced to leave his 38th Assembly District seat because his term is up, many of the same pundits are speculating he will run for the seat vacated by Strickland.

The 19th Senate District represents about 27 percent of Santa Clarita Valley residents.

Meanwhile, museum staffers on Aviation Drive in Camarillo are getting ready for the senator’s big day.

“I’ve talked to the sound guy who’s setting up for Tuesday,” Brown said.


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