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Wilk closer to McKeon in campaign funding

Assembly candidates gather funds before June 5 primary

Posted: May 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 28, 2012 1:55 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.

Click here for a link to the candidates' profiles and endorsements.

Campaign contributions made to candidates for the Santa Clarita Valley's state Assembly seat show Scott Wilk closing the gap on Patricia McKeon in terms of money raised for their campaigns.

In the last two months, as the clock ticks down to the June 5 open primary next week, Wilk has more than doubled what he listed as campaign contributions previously, catching up to the $156,000-plus war chest raised by McKeon.

Wilk, who previously reported contributions of $45,700 compared to Patricia McKeon's $127,884, has reported $110,404 in funds raised since the new year compared to McKeon's contributions to date, now listed at $156,066.

"I'm pleased with the latest numbers," Wilk said Friday as he and his wife Vanessa were busily putting promotional cards on the windshields of cars parked at the College of the Canyons.

According to the latest figures tallied by the California secretary of state, Wilk raised more money than his nearest fundraising opponent in the last two months.

Between March 18 and May 19, he reported $69,852 in contributions compared to McKeon, who reported $66,229 contributions in that time frame.

Other contenders in the race for the 38th Assembly District seat - Republican Paul Strickland and Democrat Edward Headington - have also filed updates on their contributions received.

Headington raised more money in the last couple of months than he did at the outset of his campaign, reporting $13,499 in contributions since mid-March for a total of $21,965 since the new year.

Strickland, meanwhile, has reported receiving fewer campaign dollars this last reporting period compared to what he reported in the first three months of his campaign, having declared $4,270 in contributions from March to May for a total since January of $11,055.

The 38th Assembly District seat will be vacated by Republican Cameron Smyth, who is being termed out of office.



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