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CORRECTION: Headington, Wilk take part in debate at COC

Corrects candidates' stance on Cemex mine

Posted: March 28, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: March 28, 2012 9:38 a.m.

People arriving at the College of the Canyons on Tuesday night to hear two candidates debate for the 38th District Assembly seat didn’t find a one-on-one political slugfest of the issues as many expected but, instead, agreement on just about all of them.

What shaped up earlier in the week as a mano-a-mano contest between two contenders — Scott Wilk, the Republican, versus Edward Headington, the Democrat — sounded more like the coming-out of two running mates on the same platform.

Headington used the phrase “I agree with Scott” at least eight times in response to questions.

And, although he used his opponent’s name only once in agreeing with him, Wilk said he had nothing to add to the points made my Headington.

Both candidates, however, criticized the two candidates absent from the debate — Patricia McKeon, wife of Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and William S. Hart High School District board member Paul Strickland.

When both of the candidates attendance were asked to give their top three priorities, each cited job creation, education and public safety.

“I actually agree with Ed,” Wilk said after Headington listed his priorities.

Although 70 chairs were assembled in front of the podium with tiny slips of comment paper under a single pencil, all inside the college cafeteria, less than 20 forum attendees sat in them.

And a significant number of the 20 were represented by other local political figures.

More than a dozen attendees were gray-haired, none of them appeared the image of students.

In his opening remarks, after thanking Headington for being there, Wilk said: “As you can see there are only two of us when there should be four, but the other two candidates in this race chose not to come because (the debate) is on the College of the Canyons campus. If you are not bold enough to come onto this campus and defend your beliefs and your record, you don’t have what it takes to represent us in the state Legislature,” he said.

An hour later, near the end of the forum, Wilk was asked: “How did you know that’s why the other candidates could not be here?”

Wilk replied: “Paul Strickland’s daughter gave birth.  He’s now back there.”

On the issues: Headington and Wilk agreed Cemex should not be allowed to mine, growing the state’s economy is key, and the state’s  “realignment” of prisoners is wrong.

On the last point, Wilk said: “We need to invest in people at the front end, so they never end up in the prison system.”

Headington countered: “Scott and I have a lot in common.”


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