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Political profiles: 38th Assembly District candidate Edward Headington

Posted: May 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Clockwise from top left: 38th District Assembly candidates Edward Headington, Patricia McKeon, Paul Strickland and Scott Wilk in a forum May 7 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

 

San Fernando Valley businessman Edward W. Headington is the only Democratic contender in the 38th Assembly District race, a distinction he’s proudly exploited his entire campaign.

Since he announced his candidacy in November, Headington has structured his campaign on being the only real alternative to Republicans and the only candidate in a position to affect change by being part of the legislative majority.

In a Santa Clarita Valley landscape dominated by Republicans, the married Granada Hills father of one said he sees himself as a “pragmatic problem solver,” as opposed to either a Democrat or Republican.

At a public forum last month, he described himself as the “purple” option — between Democratic blue and Republican red.

For Headington, who turned 39 on May 16, being “purple” means being a “fiscal conservative” and a “social moderate.”

A proud first-time father, Headington has framed most of his public responses in the context of making California’s future better for his son and the next generation.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Headington is a longtime San Fernando Valley resident and owner of his own media company, Headington Media Group.

He went to Los Angeles Valley College after attending Burbank’s John Burroughs High School and studied politics at the University of Southern California.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Headington went on to get his Master of Arts in Political Management at George Washington University.

He cut his political teeth working as campaign manager for Carol Liu in her Assembly race of 2002.

He’s also worked as public policy/communications aide to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, state Assemblyman Scott Wildman and state Sen. Gilbert Cedillo.

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