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Local Incumbents Face Opposition

Posted: February 13, 2008 4:45 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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A Valencia activist, a Barstow resident and a member of the Party of Socialism and Liberation are among those who have already taken out nomination papers to challenge Republican incumbents in the June election.

Filing began Monday, but Assemblyman Cameron Smyth already has a challenger for his seat in the 38th District of the state Assembly: Valencia resident Carole Lutness, a mainstay among SCV Democrats, who says she may host a press conference next week to formally announce her position.
On the federal level, incumbent Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon will be opposed by Jacquese Conaway of Barstow. McKeon's sprawling 25th Congressional District includes the Santa Clarita, Antelope and Victor Valleys and runs north up the east side of the Sierra Nevada.
County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will face a young, politically untested candidate who is a member of the Party of Socialism and Liberation in the contest for the non-partisan Fifth Supervisoral District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley. Stephen Mark Hinze, a 30-year-old warehouse worker from Burbank, filed his "signature in lieu" papers for the county seat, according to the county Registrar-Recorder's office.
"I stand against discrimination of all kinds and promote full rights for all people," Hinze said in a released statement. "I am an advocate for free, quality education and job training for all. My community activism is integral to my life and work."
While party politics are in play for legislative officials, one local attorney is a candidate in the non-partisan election for Superior Court judge.
Santa Clarita resident Mark Lee, a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office in the Antelope Valley, is one of three attorneys seeking a six-year term as judge in the court's Office No. 82. The deputy district attorney stated that the judicial seat may hear cases in different courthouses depending upon need - whenever a county courthouse is in need of a judge, the person elected to the 82nd office may be designated to fill that void.
Lee believes his experience in the district attorney's office makes him an ideal candidate.
"I work in the court daily as a prosecutor," he said. "I've been in the system long enough to know the ins and outs of the court, but not so long where I am indifferent to the needs of victims and justice for clients."
Cynthia Loo and Thomas Robins are challenging Lee for the judicial seat.


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