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Political profiles: 38th Assembly District candidate Patricia McKeon

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.

Patricia McKeon wants to go to Sacramento representing the 38th Assembly District, where she wants to apply some of the common sense she’s acquired raising six kids.

Having made no bones publicly about her lack of political experience, the Santa Clarita Valley grandmother and wife of Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has repeatedly reached back into family lore for stories of humble beginnings, running a business and helping her husband.

In a folksy style quickly familiar among forum audiences, McKeon has railed against over-regulation, taxes and wasted spending, each time drawing from a well of suburban anecdotes.

Whether it’s controversy over lack of grocery store bags or state legislation about folded fitted bedsheets, McKeon has addressed issues about spending, education and the economy with a voice she hopes will resonate with everyday voters.

Born Patricia Kunz in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, 1942, she married Howard McKeon, three years her senior, in August 1962 when she was 19 years old.

Together they have lived and worked around the Santa Clarita Valley: on Joyce Place in Newhall, Timberlane Terrace in Valencia and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

When asked at an all-candidates forum earlier this month how she would create jobs in California, Patricia McKeon drew from what she learned running a store with her husband.

She was pushed into a politics, she said, the day she finally had had enough of government intruding into her life. It happened in a grocery store when she learned county legislation had banned plastic bags.

“The more I thought about it, the more upset I got,” she said

She reports her son, when told she was considering running for public office, said, “Well, Mom, maybe that’s a good thing. People are looking for something.”


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