By Leon Worden/SCVNEWS.com
The California Teachers Association has endorsed Paul Strickland for Assembly, the candidate announced Sunday after the organization’s weekend endorsement meeting concluded in Los Angeles.
Strickland, a Republican and longtime Hart School District board member, is seeking the Assembly seat being vacated this fall by Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita. The other contenders are Republicans Scott Wilk and Patricia McKeon, both of the Santa Clarita Valley, and San Fernando Valley Democrat Edward Headington.
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“I am truly honored at receiving this prestigious endorsement,” said Strickland, who added that he is California’s only non-incumbent Republican candidate for Assembly to receive the CTA’s support.
As a school board member, “Paul Strickland has kept his word to the voters, the teachers and classified employees, and to the community as a whole,” said Leslie Littman, president of the Hart District Teachers Association, a CTA unit. The organization has previously endorsed Strickland in school board races.
Headington, who operates a Granada Hills-based public relations firm, congratulated Strickland on the endorsement.
“Congratulations on the endorsement, Paul,” Headington wrote in a post on SCVNews.com. “You just made the race a lot more interesting.”
Strickland, 70, has lived in the SCV for 28 years and has raised three children here with wife Robin. He became a grandfather Monday morning, with the birth of his grandson, Cooper Jaxon Scanlon, in Virginia.