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Posted: July 21, 2008 1:22 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2008 5:04 a.m.
My fellow Republicans, 2008 is the year to rally ‘round our party’s candidates. Spread the good word that Santa Clarita’s Republican Party is alive and well.

Not only does Mr. SCV Republican, Howard “Buck” McKeon, currently represent the Santa Clarita Valley in the 25th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives, but fellow Republicans also hold California legislative positions, as well.

California senators George Runner and Tom McClintock represent portions of our valley, and of course Santa Clarita’s native son, Cameron Smyth, represents us in the California Assembly. They are all Republicans.

Well, guess what? Tom McClintock is being termed out of the 19th District of the California Senate. Fortunately, we have a real Republican champion seeking McClintock’s seat, namely Tony Strickland.

Strickland — Tony, Paul? Hmmmmm. No, we are not related as far as we know; but we must be cousins somewhere along the Strickland path of life.

The 19th California Senate District includes about 27 percent of the Santa Clarita Valley and the nearby cities of Thousand Oaks, Simi, Moorpark, Camarillo, Ventura and Ojai. There is a Santa Barbara County portion of the district that includes the cities of Santa Barbara, Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, Carpinteria and the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

So let’s talk Tony. His family has resided in Ventura County since 1973. Tony is married to the honorable Audra Strickland, current member of the 37th California Assembly District. They have a young daughter, Ruby Ruth, and a recently born son named Anthony Paul.

Not only has Tony Strickland represented his hometown of Thousand Oaks in the California Assembly, but he also has been involved in a number of community services. The list is somewhat lengthy, but it is very important to know the caliber of person that Tony is and why he should be our next California senator from the 19th District.

Tony has been a board member of the Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America and an honorary board member of the Moorpark Boys & Girls Club. He has received the prestigious San Fernando Valley Business & Professional Association’s Free Enterprise Award and the “Forty Under 40” Award from the Pacific Coast Business Times. Tony is a current member of the Board of Directors for Consumer Credit Counseling Services.

As a California Assemblyman, Tony served as vice chairman of Governmental Organization and Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Communities. He was also a member of several state committees including Banking and Finance, Insurance, Constitutional Amendments, Redistricting, Elections and Veteran Affairs.

Tony has always been an advocate for taxpayers and working families. He has the problem-solving skills needed to ensure that government is accountable. Perhaps Tony Strickland is best known, however, for filing a lawsuit against then-Gov. Gray Davis on behalf of energy ratepayers.

This ultimately forced the Davis Administration into revealing the expensive energy contracts it negotiated in secret between the energy companies and the state of California.

As you can see, Tony’s no slouch. So where does he stand on issues? Tony Strickland believes that it is time to reign in the state’s out-of-control spending and prioritize the California budget.

He is against increasing the tax burden on our citizens. He wants to properly fund our educational system without raising taxes. He is dedicated to reducing dependence on foreign oil.

Tony Strickland is a politician who actually suggests solutions to problems. He is a man with a plan. Tony proposes that we grow the state budget only by population plus inflation so that massive deficits can be avoided. Any surplus money accrued should go into a “rainy day” fund that would be used only when absolutely necessary.

As a “Romneyite,” I was pleased to attend a fundraiser for Tony Strickland in Westlake during which Mitt Romney was the featured speaker. Before a crowd of more than 500 people, Romney said: “I believe Tony Strickland can cut back on wasteful spending and can remove the ‘interest’ of special interests, and bring new ideas to Sacramento.”

At that same event, Tony was soundly applauded when he began his speech with: “California has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. We need to put a stop to the waste, fraud and abuse that is bankrupting our state.”

That was enough said for me, and I hope for my readers also. Simply put, vote for Tony Strickland.

As you know, the Senate and Assembly districts in California are so gerrymandered that it is almost a setup to ensure the re-election of incumbents, be they Democrats or Republicans. The districts that encompass the Santa Clarita Valley are essentially Republican. Now I know that fact does not sit well with local Democrats, but their party controls both houses of the state legislature by huge majorities.

Forty senators comprise the California Senate, and 25 are Democrats. Only two more senators are needed to give the Democrats a veto-proof two-thirds majority.

The Santa Clarita Valley is a small island of a Republican plurality in a sea of massive numbers of Democrats. For a balanced California government, we need to retain our local Republican majority. We can only do so by getting out the vote this November.

Paul B. Strickland Sr. is a resident of Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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