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Our View: Knight for state Senate

Posted: October 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Voters in the 21st California Senate District, which takes in the central and eastern Santa Clarita Valley, have a choice of Republican Steve Knight or Democrat Star Moffatt on their Nov. 6 ballots.

It’s the choice between a seasoned legislator who’s dedicated to public safety and responsible government spending or a newcomer to state politics whose rhetoric and track record put her squarely in the camp of the party that has bankrupted the Golden State.

Both candidates are Antelope Valley residents.

Knight served two terms in the Legislature’s 36th Assembly District before making a bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Sharon Runner. Before his 2008 election to the Assembly, he served three years on the Palmdale City Council, 18 years in the Los Angeles Police Department and in the U.S. Army after graduation from Palmdale High School.

Knight, son of the late famed test pilot and California legislator Pete Knight, has a track record of state leadership. Two years after being elected to the Assembly in 2008, Knight became assistant minority leader. He is vice chairman of the natural resources and public safety committees and serves on the aerospace, local government, utilities and commerce committees as well as the powerful Rules Committee.

During the recent state legislative session, Knight authored a recently signed bill to boost commercial space travel and help keep California competitive in the field of space exploration. Other bills he authored this year support veterans and military personnel, public school reform, workers compensation reform, CEQA reform and public safety.

Additional legislation specific to the needs of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority shows he’s not above tending to smaller issues within his district.

Moffatt was born in Virginia and also served in the Army. She is a mother and a paralegal who has served on nonprofit boards in the Antelope Valley. Among the achievements she cites on her campaign website are working on a U.S. Supreme Court case to abolish the legal “immunity shield” used by government employees in the commission of their jobs, and helping win a large civil rights case against the Health and Human Services Agency Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Knight’s endorsements range from law enforcement to business interests and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. Moffatt’s endorsements range from Democratic groups to labor unions, including the California Teachers Association.

We believe now is the time for California to put business and public safety issues first and embrace prudent fiscal planning, not the time to expose government to more lawsuits and to further embrace entitled labor interests.

We recommend a vote for Steve Knight in the 21st California Senate District on Nov. 6.


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