Smyth far ahead in funds in state race

first_imgBarrientos, an intergovernmental-affairs consultant from Granada Hills, has raised about $5,000 in campaign donations to Smyth’s $300,000. Smyth has snagged endorsements from state Sens. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, and every Republican club in the district that confers endorsements. Barrientos, who was appointed to the Los Angeles Housing Authority Commission in the 1990s by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, said her quarter century working in the public and private sectors bodes well for her in Sacramento. She would tackle illegal immigration by pressing the Mexican government for internal economic reform, bridge the health-care divide by allowing small businesses to buy Medicaid coverage at a discount rate and remedy secondary education woes by crafting a new master plan to break up large school districts and offer small businesses tax credits for teaching middle school students a trade and life skills. “Public safety wins. They’re off the streets, and students will learn the spirit of the pioneer at no extra expense to the taxpayer,” she said. Smyth says the federal government should reimburse California for housing illegal immigrants in state prisons, and he plans to introduce a measure similar to Santa Clarita’s where employers must verify their workers are U.S. citizens. He does not support mandatory employer-paid health coverage, but does endorse breaking up the Los Angeles Unified School District and re-establishing industrial arts classes in high school. Bruce McFarland, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action in Santa Clarita, said his party has some capable challengers. Though the Democratic primary winner would need to overcome Smyth’s name recognition in Santa Clarita in November, Smyth would face the same problem elsewhere. “He is sort of tailoring his campaign now against whatever Democrat comes in, and Democrats are fighting against each other to see who can carry the district,” McFarland said. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Edging into the final week before the June primary, youthful Santa Clarita City Councilman Cameron Smyth has landed endorsements from key politicians in his quest for a state Assembly seat – and raised 60 times more money than his sole Republican opponent. In his two terms on the council, he has voted against a lease extension for a homeless shelter, pushed for local enforcement of immigration laws and opposed benefits to the partners of gay City Hall employees. Smyth said he is prepared to be an assemblyman after working as a deputy chief of staff for the late state Sen. William J. “Pete” Knight, toiling in the private sector and serving on the council. “In the nonpartisan (council)office, I have had to garner support from Democrats, from Independents. I look to take that experience with me to Sacramento,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2His lone Republican primary opponent, businesswoman Mary Barrientos, remains undeterred. “His endorsements are not my constituents. My endorsements are part of the culture and live in the community – stakeholders of public safety and small business,” she said. “That’s who I have to answer to at the end of the day.” The two Republicans, as well as four Democrats and a Libertarian, are pursuing the 38th District Assembly seat held by Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. Richman, who has termed-out and is running for state treasurer, has endorsed Smyth. The district includes the Santa Clarita Valley except Castaic, most of Simi Valley and the north San Fernando Valley. Most analysts see the district as a Republican lock. Of those registered to vote, 44 percent are Republicans and 35 percent Democrats. While they do not endorse candidates in the primary, Larissa Nelson of the Ventura County Republican Party said Smyth “seems to be a great candidate,” and Gary Aminoff, president of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club, said “many of the members of the (group) individually support Cameron Smyth.” last_img

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