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Iraq War veteran announces run for Assembly

Posted: February 11, 2014 12:04 p.m.
Updated: February 11, 2014 12:04 p.m.
JD Kennedy speaks during a recent Los Angeles County Air Show. JD Kennedy speaks during a recent Los Angeles County Air Show.
JD Kennedy speaks during a recent Los Angeles County Air Show.

A veteran with ties to the Santa Clarita Valley has become the latest person to declare a run in California’s 36th Assembly District, which narrowly fell into Democratic hands following the 2012 election.

JD Kennedy — a Marine veteran who was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait during the Iraq War and who is a former district representative for Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita — officially announced his intention to run as a Republican last Friday.

In addition to his political work, Kennedy is the commander of the American Legion Post in Newhall and president of the Los Angeles County Air Show.

The 36th Assembly District includes northern portions of Saugus and Canyon Country and also takes in Palmdale, Lancaster and Acton. The primary is in June and the General Election is in November this year.

“Our current Assemblyman has not been an effective representative of our community,” Kennedy said in a release announcing his bid. “I’ve been told time and again that because he is a Democrat, he will be able to bring more to our community than a Republican, but he simply hasn’t delivered.”

If elected, Kennedy said in the release, he would fight for “CalVet funding to combat the growing need for transitional veteran housing, proper funding for our public education system and to keep criminals in prison.”

He also said he would oppose “the systematic dismantlement” of Proposition 13, which limits the amount of property taxes state property owners are required to pay.

“Bottom line, we don’t need to subject ourselves to the insatiable appetite our government has for more taxes,” Kennedy said. “Our government, instead, needs to act responsibly when it comes to spending your money.”

Kennedy becomes the third challenger so far to announce a run against incumbent Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale. Fox is nearing the end of his first term in the state Assembly following a narrow victory in 2012.

Two other Republicans, Palmdale City Councilman Tom Lackey and Suzette Martinez, a board member for the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce, have said they plan to run in the district.
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