State Sen. Knight to seek
House seat if incumbent retires
Republican State Sen. Steve Knight of Palmdale will join a growing field of candidates – including another high-profile Republican – competing to succeed veteran Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon if he retires at the end of next year.
“My commitment to this community has been for a lifetime,” Knight said in prepared statement Tuesday. “Serving as a member of Congress representing my childhood friends, law enforcement colleagues and neighbors would be an honor.”
Knight’s announcement came just days after fellow Republican and former Sen. Tony Strickland filed paperwork to run in McKeon’s 25th Congressional District. A Strickland spokesman later said he would seek the seat only if McKeon doesn’t pursue a 12th term in Congress.
The 25th District is seen as a safe GOP seat despite Republican Mitt Romney carrying it by only two percentage points in 2012. Democrat Lee Rogers, who lost by nine points to McKeon in the last election, is mounting another run.
Steve Knight is the son of the late state Sen. Pete Knight, who for years represented the Antelope Valley.
Stan Dixon, the longest-serving member of the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, left the panel last week as his term expired. Dixon, appointed to the board in 1999, and other forestry board members were thrust into the spotlight after the 2011 state budget included a $150 fire-prevention fee in rural areas. The law put the board in charge of implementing the fee, which Dixon strongly opposed. The former Humboldt County supervisor blamed “the greedy Legislature” for demanding the money.
“Right now, they’re in a serious box.”