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Steve Fox prevails in tight Assembly race

Posted: December 4, 2012 2:08 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2012 6:20 p.m.
Steve Fox at a candidate’s forum at College of the Canyons on Oct. 3. Steve Fox at a candidate’s forum at College of the Canyons on Oct. 3.
Steve Fox at a candidate’s forum at College of the Canyons on Oct. 3.

Democrat Steve Fox’s victory in California’s 36th Assembly District took many by surprise — including him.

“Frankly, I thought I’d lost the election,” Fox said Tuesday.

Fox’s opponent, Republican Ron Smith, led by more than 1,000 votes the day after the Nov. 6 election but saw his lead vanish as provisional ballots were counted.

In the final results released by the California Secretary of State’s Office on Monday, Fox prevailed over Smith by 145 votes.

Fox said he was driving in his car Sunday when Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez called and said he had won.

“I grabbed my wife, my son and my grandson and we immediately hopped on a plane to Sacramento,” Fox said.

Fox was sworn into office at noon Monday and “hit the ground running” to get up to speed.

The 36th Assembly District includes portions of north Saugus and Canyon Country. With his victory, Fox becomes the second Democrat elected this year to the Legislature to represent a portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, joining 27th District Sen. Fran Pavley.

Fox, who ran for Assembly as a Republican in 2008, campaigned as a “conservative Democrat,” finishing third in the primary election.

His victory helps ensure that Democrats will have the necessary seats to hold a two-thirds supermajority in the Assembly.

Fox said the conservative values he conveyed to voters helped push him to victory. Fox also said he believes that working within the majority party gives him a better chance to get things done, even with a more conservative perspective.

“I don’t really see it as reaching across the aisle,” Fox said. “I get to be the aisle between everybody.”

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors certified the results of this and all other state and county elections at their meeting Tuesday.

Despite this, opponent Smith has said he may ask for a recount, an exercise Fox says is pointless.

“There has never been any impropriety on our side,” Fox said. “I’m not worried about it. I’m going to do my job.”

Smith did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.






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