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Wilk, Headington look to make names

Posted: June 7, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 7, 2012 1:30 a.m.
 

After a campaign of agreeing with each other on several key state issues in their race for the state’s 38th Assembly District, primary election winners Republican Scott Wilk and Democrat Edward Headington now have to find a way to distance themselves from each other before November’s general election.

Wilk, who predicted Headington would garner more votes than him Tuesday, wasted no time pointing out party differences the morning after.

“He didn’t get overall (Democrat) party support, so he actually underperformed,” Wilk said Wednesday.

For Wilk, the real victory rests in the near 70-percent Republican vote cast Tuesday night by voters in the 38th District.
“My goal is to keep the 68 percent,” Wilk said.

Headington, meanwhile, who characterized himself in a public forum in April as being “not so (Democrat) blue” and “a little more purple,” and who said he would vote for Wilk if he wasn’t running, said he plans to make the distinctions clear for voters.

“There will be contrasting views on some of our positions,” he said, referring to Wilk. “Creating a performance-based budget, creating a rainy day fund for California and getting business going — I think these are going to be issues we agree on.”

For one thing, Headington said, Wilk has roped himself by promising to “never ever” raise taxes.

“We’re going to differ on things like cuts to education,” he said. “And, we’re not going to be pandering to any Washington special interest.”

Los Angeles County Recorder and Registrar election results show Headington edged out Wilk by less than two percent of the vote.

He came away with 11,303 votes, or 32.03 percent, while Wilk received 10,723 votes, netting 30.39 percent.

The other two local Republican contenders — veteran William S. Hart Union High School District board member Paul Strickland and Patricia McKeon, wife of incumbent Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita — each enticed a significant number of Republican voters away from Wilk.

McKeon received 8,371 votes giving her almost a quarter of the electorate.

Strickland ended up with 4,888 votes and 13.85 percent.

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