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Smyth not running for state Senate seat

Assemblyman wants to focus on family

Posted: February 14, 2012 2:30 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2012 2:30 p.m.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, announced Tuesday that he will not be running for the state Senate this year.

Smyth, who will be termed out of his Assembly seat this year, said that he will not be seeking the state Senate seat because he wants to spend more time with his family.

"My focus for the rest of the year will be working with my colleagues and the governor (in Sacramento) on the myriad of issues up there," Smyth said in a phone interview. "I plan to go to work and spend time with my family and get to know them better."

Smyth's announcement comes only a few days after he announced that he will be supporting Scott Wilk for the seat he will be vacating in the 38th Assembly District.

Wilk, a College of the Canyons board trustee, is expected to face fellow Republicans Patricia McKeon, wife of Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon; Hart District school board member Paul Strickland; and Democrat and San Fernando Valley businessman Edward Headington.

After Smyth finishes out his last year in Sacramento, he said he plans to continue work in the private sector. Smyth has spent the past 12 years in public service, with half the time spent as a Santa Clarita City Councilman and the past six years in the Assembly.

"I consider myself to be a conservative at heart," Smyth said. "I never intended to spend my life chasing a government check."

Although he's choosing not to run for the state Senate this year, Smyth said there's a possibility that he will look for other options to serve in the future.

For now, the most important thing for Smyth is being around his family more. He has three young children, aged eight-years-old, five-years-old, and 18-months-old.

"For now, it's time for me to come back home and be a better husband and better father," Smyth said.


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