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Political profiles: 38th Assembly District candidate Scott Wilk

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.

 

For Scott T. Wilk, returning California to the business-friendly state he says he remembers hinges on developing relationships.

That’s according to the married father of two who has participated in more public forums this campaign than any of his competitors, and who has advocated “relationship building” every time he’s in front of a microphone.

Wilk, 52, has played an active role in the careers of California politicians — from his work as the chief of staff for California Assembly members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland to his work as district director for Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon — husband of his opponent Patricia McKeon.

Last November, Wilk was re-elected to a second term on the Santa Clarita Community College District board of trustees after being appointed in 2006 and elected in 2007.

He was born in Los Angeles and married in Los Angeles to Vanessa Safoyan in 1985. They have a son, Scott Jr., and a daughter, Alison.

Wilk’s reputation as a government insider and “behind the scenes” deal-maker can be traced in an easy-to-follow paper trail.

He was the architect of Assembly Bill 62 while working for McClintock.  The Valley Secession Bill empowered secession petitioners by restricting politician vetoes.

Under Boland, he drafted a similar bill involving petitions and the veto powers of the Los Angeles Unified School District School Board.

Wilk, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, attended California State University Bakersfield.

His work for the Washington lobbyist firm Anchor Consulting helped the Castaic Lake Water Agency pursue federal grants year after year.

He was also instrumental in getting the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s 15-Year master plan approved.

Wilk was also involved in developing Westfield Valencia Town Center mall’s Patios area and the city of Santa Clarita’s Open Space District.

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