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The Purple Option: Believe In California

Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Big things often come from small or unforeseen beginnings. Some call it part of living a purpose-driven life while others write it off as mere happenstance. I began this race for State Assembly around the kitchen table with my wife Sasha. We were both new parents, sleep-deprived and wondering about the life ahead for our two-and-a-half month-old son Narayan. We talked about the kind of community he would grow up in, the neighborhood schools he would attend and if the Golden State we knew growing up would be there for him. I was apprehensive about running as we had not planned for it and it would be a big sacrifice on our finances and time away from family. We decided to move ahead when Sasha reminded me of the advice she gave me when I started my small business almost a decade ago: “Ships are safe in the harbor but that’s not why we build ships. If your heart is in this and you feel you’re being called, then let’s set sail. We’ll bound to hit rough seas but we’ll do it together like we always have.”

That was well over 15 months ago and it has been an unbelievable journey. What started as an acorn of possibility has grown into a large oak of vision, ideas and a desire to get California “Heading in the Right Direction.” At my second candidate forum during the primary, I made a comment mentioned in this paper about being the “Purple Option,” a Democrat that Republicans could get behind because I’m pro-business and fiscally conservative. It was inadvertent but the phrase has taken on a life of its own to mean a sense of common purpose for those who believe that our livelihoods and children’s futures are far more important than party labels, partisan dogma and political ambition.  

Regardless of where you have an “R,” “D” or “DTS” next to your name, we can all agree that the political dysfunction and partisan bickering is so acute in Sacramento that nothing seems to get done anymore. We face three major crises: in leadership, in budget and in trust. Sending another been-there, done-that candidate is not what we need right now. Instead, we need a moderate who will break through the logjam—who is not afraid to take a stand, be firm in his principles but also be willing to negotiate when necessary.

It takes red and blue to make purple. And it will take Republicans and Democrats working together to make this state great again. I owe it to my son and you owe it to yours, as well as to all to the daughters, nieces and nephews we have, to try something different—to try the Purple Option. We owe to our educators, public safety professionals and job creators to send someone to Sacramento who will work the long days and short nights to get things done.

Thank you for welcoming me with open arms these past few months. Here is my commitment to you: (1) the District Office will remain in Santa Clarita and (2) my staff will be purple, comprised of both Republicans and Democrats. I hope you will consider the Purple Option and I ask for your vote on Tuesday.

Edward Headington is the Signal’s choice for Assembly District 38. He is a small business owner and can be reached at



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