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Wilk leads Headington

Two candidates vie to replace Cameron Smyth in the 38th District

Posted: November 6, 2012 11:09 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2012 11:09 p.m.
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Republican Scott Wilk opened up a lead on Democratic opponent Edward Headington on Tuesday.

Wilk was leading Headington 60 percent to 39 percent with 20 percent of the vote counted.

The two candidates are vying to represent the 38th Assembly District, which encompasses most of the Santa Clarita Valley.

While this is Headington’s first race for political office, Wilk is a member of the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees and has also worked with Republican state representatives. Headington campaigned on building a “purple coalition” of Republicans and Democrats and cast himself as a fiscal conservative who was willing to work across the aisle with Republicans.

Both Wilk and Headington have stressed similar core platforms throughout the campaign, including education, public safety and job creation.

At a results-watching event at the Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company in Valencia, Headington said he feels great about his chances.

“It’s kind of like ‘Rocky Balboa,’” Headington said. “You go the distance, fight hard, do your best and then you just have to see whose hand gets raised in the end.”

Headington said he thinks his philosophy of the “purple coalition,” bringing together Democrats and Republicans for a common goal, might be the only thing that can break the “logjam” of state politics.

“If you’re honest with people, open with people, I feel you can actually break through the toxic partisanship that a lot of people see as the norm,” Headington said.

Wilk held a results-watching event of his own at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia, though his event was not open to the media.

Wilk could not be reached for comment as of press time.

In the 36th District, Republican Ron Smith opened up a similar lead against Democrat Steve Fox in early voting.

With 4.6 percent of precincts reporting, Smith led Fox with 61 percent of the vote, about a 5,000-vote margin.

Smith’s major platforms included job creation, public safety matters and lowering taxes and spending.

Fox had similar platforms, but also emphasized health care and education funding.

The 36th District includes northern portions of Saugus and parts of Canyon Country.




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