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Assemblyman Smyth Hands off Keys to Wilk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Scott Wilk
Santa Clarita - Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) passed the keys for his Santa Clarita District Office to his successor, Assemblyman-elect Scott Wilk. Wilk will be sworn in to represent the 38th Assembly District at high noon on Monday, December 3rd.

"I am honored to have served the 38th district over the last 6 years. I worked hard to get things done for our district, and also for our state as a whole. I am so happy that I’m able to hand off the keys to my friend, Scott Wilk,” said Smyth.

Assemblyman Smyth represents the 38th Assembly District until Monday. He serves as the Chair of the Assembly Local Government committee, and was the first chair of a major policy committee from the minority party in recent history.

“If there was ever an argument against term limits, Cameron is it. His work often transcended party lines, and he was a steadfast leader for our community’s values over the last six years. He has been a close friend and I know I can count on him to advise me when needed,” Wilk remarked.

Scott Wilk was elected to represent the new 38th Assembly District on November 6th after receiving over 57% of the vote. The new district includes northern portions of Los Angeles County and parts of eastern Ventura County, including the communities of Santa Clarita and Simi Valley.

Wilk is a small business owner, and previously worked as Chief of Staff for Assembly members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland. He has served on the Santa Clarita Community College Board of since 2006.
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Pathfinders Bigelow, Maienschein and Wilk Win

SACRAMENTO, CA - California Trailblazers today congratulated Frank Bigelow (AD-5), Brian Maienschein (AD-77), and Scott Wilk (AD-38), for winning their elections. All three Assemblymen-elect were Patherfinders in the California Trailblazers program.

On the heels of these successes, California Trailblazers will continue to recruit, train and advise a new generation of fiscally conservative leaders to win legislative seats. California Trailblazers is modeled after the National Republican Congressional Committee's successful Young Guns program.

"The prospect of Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the California legislature will be a challenge for our members, so we'll be counting on these talented Freshmen from Day One." said Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Chair of the Assembly Republican Elections Committee. "The training Frank, Brian, and Scott received in the Trailblazers program will prepare them to fight for fiscal responsibility and ensure the interests of taxpayers are represented in Sacramento."

Frank Bigelow , Assembly District 5, is a rancher, volunteer firefighter, and Madera County Supervisor. He also has served on the Madera District Fair Board, the Madera Ag Boosters Board of Directors, California Shorthorn Breeder's Association Board of Directors and the Madera County Cattleman's Association Board of Directors. He served as a leader in the Spring Valley 4-H Club and is a strong supporter of the Future Farmers of America. In keeping with family tradition, he has continued to raise champion registered Shorthorn cattle and champion registered Columbia Sheep, and is a member of the Yosemite Lakes Community Church and Madera County Farm Bureau.

Brian Maienschein , Assembly District 77, is a former San Diego City Councilman and was selected as the first Commissioner of the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. Maienschein teaches a course on Election Law at the University of San Diego Law School and California Western School of Law, of which his is a graduate as well as the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has two daughters, Taylin and Brenna.

Scott Wilk , Assembly District 38, is a small business owner and Board of Trustee with College of the Canyons. His career has spanned both the private and public sector. He served as Chief of Staff for California Assembly Members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland, as well as District Director for Representative Howard P. "Buck" McKeon. Recently, Scott began serving his second term on the Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees.

Similar to the Young Guns program, once candidates meet metrics specifically designed for their race, they will advance to Pathfinder, Rising Star, and ultimately Trailblazer. These goals will focus on campaign infrastructure, grassroots support, fundraising, and more.

The California Trailblazers Board of Directors works with advisors House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, and CEO Jessica Patterson to determine which candidates graduate to each of the three levels of the Trailblazers program.

In addition to the rigorous goals set by the three-tier framework, the California Trailblazer program provides resources of ongoing education and training for candidates to learn campaign fundamentals. Throughout the campaign cycle, the California Trailblazers program provides ongoing education through fundraisers, coalition-building experts, media training and issue briefings give candidates the tools they need to win.

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Armenian National Committee Endorses Scott Wilk for 38th Assembly District

Glendale- The Western Region of the Armenian National Committee of America has endorsed Scott Wilk to replace Assemblyman Cameron Smyth for the 38th Assembly District Seat. Smyth is vacating the seat due to term limits.

"In our meetings with Mr. Wilk, he has demonstrated a thorough and impressive grasp of issues concerning the Armenian-American community. We have no doubt he will be among the strongest voices for Armenian-American issues once he is in Sacramento and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with him,” said ANCA-WR spokesman William Bairamian.

Wilk stated, “The Armenian community is a growing force in the 38th Assembly District. This is endorsement is very personal to me. I know their history and issues as my wife Vanessa Safoyan Wilk is 100% Armenian. I have heard the horror stories of the Armenian Genocide from my in-laws and other family members and I will do whatever I can to bring awareness and justice to the Armenian people.”

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters
throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian-American community on a broad range of issues.

Wilk is a small business owner, and has previously worked as Chief of Staff for Assembly members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland. He was recently re-elected to his second term on the Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees after being appointed in 2006 and elected in 2007.

To find out more about the Scott Wilk for Assembly Campaign and to view a complete list of endorsements, visit www.gotwilk.net.

Scott Wilk Becomes Pathfinder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - California Trailblazers today announced that Scott Wilk (AD-38) is the latest enrollee to become a Pathfinder. Wilk met specific fundraising and organizational goals designed for his individual campaign.

"Scott is one of our party's best and brightest and through his hard work he is earning the support of the Trailblazers program," said Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Chair of the Assembly Republican Elections Committee. "Scott is exactly the type of fiscally conservative leader that we need to rein in spending and protect taxpayer dollars in Sacramento."

"As a small business owner I see firsthand how government regulations can stifle growth and hurt our ability to create jobs," said Wilk. "Trailblazers is preparing me to tackle the important issues facing California so we can honestly solve problems instead of looking for quick, convenient solutions."

Scott Wilk, Assembly District 38, is a small business owner and Board of Trustee with College of the Canyons. His career has spanned both the private and public sector. He served as Chief of Staff for California Assembly Members Tom McClintock and Paula Boland, as well as District Director for Representative Howard P. "Buck" McKeon. Recently, Scott began serving his second term on the Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees.

The mission of California Trailblazers is to recruit, train and advise a new generation of fiscally conservative leaders to win legislative seats in 2012 and beyond. California Trailblazers is modeled after the National Republican Congressional Committee's successful Young Guns program.

Similar to the Young Guns program, once candidates meet metrics specifically designed for their race, they will advance to Pathfinder, Rising Star, and ultimately Trailblazer. These goals will focus on campaign infrastructure, grassroots support, fundraising, and more.

The California Trailblazers Board of Directors works with advisors House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, and CEO Jessica Patterson to determine which candidates graduate to each of the three levels of the Trailblazers program.

In addition to the rigorous goals set by the three-tier framework, the California Trailblazer program provides resources of ongoing education and training for candidates to learn campaign fundamentals. Throughout the campaign cycle, the California Trailblazers program provides ongoing education through fundraisers, coalition-building experts, media training and issue briefings give candidates the tools they need to win.

www.catrailblazers.com
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Joe and Tammy Messina: SCV needs Scott Wilk

For the last six years, Santa Clarita Valley residents have been represented in the state Assembly by our “Hometown Boy” Cameron Smyth. Cameron went to Sacramento to carry our values and our sense of community and he carved out a niche for himself as a nice guy who is effective in the gritty world of Sacramento politics. Due to term limits, Cameron must exit the stage and on Nov. 6 we will be choosing a new representative. For us, that is Scott Wilk.

Scott and his wife, Vanessa, have been active in Santa Clarita since they moved here more than 20 years ago. The Wilk family came to Santa Clarita for the same reason many others have — great schools, safe neighborhoods and to join a community known for caring.

In the early years, Scott and Vanessa focused on their children — Scott Jr. and Alison Grace. Vanessa served as PTA president for three years at Santa Clarita Elementary and Scott was on the school’s site council. Scott likes to joke that he was known as “Mr. Vanessa Wilk.” They were also involved in youth ministry at their church, as well as other activities the children were engaged in.

As the children matured, Scott and Vanessa spread their wings to be involved in more community activities including the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation, the College of the Canyons Foundation and the Soroptimist International of Greater SCV. When asked to help you could count on Scott and Vanessa.

Scott’s career in both the private and public sectors has also prepared him to represent us in Sacramento.

In the 1980s Scott and Vanessa bought and grew a vending company that afforded them the opportunity to buy their first home. Through this experience they dealt with a myriad of regulations from health permits to local business permits and equalization rules.

For the last six years, Scott and Vanessa have owned a public affairs company where they assist companies navigating the rules and regulations of government. Through their efforts they have improved the lives of every Santa Clarita resident.

Thanks to Scott’s efforts we have greater access to health care, more upscale retail at the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall and more open space to recreate in.

Public service is part of Scott’s pedigree as well.

Scott served as a field representative to former L.A. Police chief and Santa Clarita Valley’s state Sen. Ed Davis. In Sacramento, Davis had a reputation of bringing all parties together to try to hammer out an agreement. From his time with Davis, Scott learned that if you have “an open mind and open heart” positive compromise is possible. Scott will bring that attitude to Sacramento.

In the 1990s Scott served as chief of staff to Assembly members Paula Boland and Tom McClintock. In this capacity he learned the legislative process by managing bills, major bills that became law.

Paula Boland was the first woman to serve as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety. During their tenure they passed the Three Strikes law, as well as a “Two Strikes” provision for sexual child molesters.

Under McClintock working in the minority in the Assembly, Scott helped forge a bi-partisan effort with Democrat Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg to pass AB 62, the Valley Secession Bill. McClintock and Hertzberg took on the mayor of Los Angeles, the city council and all the public employee unions and prevailed.

For the last six years Scott has served on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clarita Community College District. Scott will be the first to tell you that the college’s success is due to a team effort — an excellent chancellor in Dianne Van Hook, a board that works well together, a faculty that is deeply committed to student success, a dedicated classified staff that makes the trains run on time and, of course, a stellar foundation board that raises the funds to augment the cuts Sacramento has taken to the College of the Canyons’ budget.

From Van Hook, Scott has learned how to manage a public budget and how to do more with less. These are lessons the Sacramento politicians need to learn.

We are proud to support Scott Wilk and urge you to join us in voting for him for state Assembly. Scott has the experience, the smarts, and the heart to make a great representative for our valley.

Joe and Tammy Messina are residents of Santa Clarita, local business owners and the host/producer for The Real Side Radio Show. This column reflects their own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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