Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth has filed a statement of intention to run for the 38th Assembly District being vacated by Keith Richman, who is running for state treasurer.
“For me, I’m still in the exploratory phase,” Smyth said Tuesday.
The Assembly district takes in portions of Los Angeles, Simi Valley and Glendale, as well as Santa Clarita.
Smyth said that after spending five years on the Santa Clarita City Council, he is ready for a change.
“It’s certainly something I want to consider,” he said.
He said the statement of intention is only the first step in fund-raising for the June 2006 primary elections.
Prior to declaring candidacy, interested parties must file several forms through the secretary of state’s office in Sacramento stating their intention to garner support and raise campaign funds. The actual nomination period of candidates begins in early February.
Smyth said he has been meeting with various local and state officials to get a feel for the level of support to expect should he declare candidacy, and so far the results have been favorable.
“At this point, reception from the district has been positive and extremely encouraging,” he said.
Richman had nothing but good things to say about Smyth’s potential as a candidate.
“I think Cameron has been a very good elected official in Santa Clarita,” he said.
Geographically, Santa Clarita makes up about 50 percent of the 38th District, Richman said, and Smyth should have no problem gathering support.
“I think because of Cameron’s position as mayor,” he said, “he will be a formidable candidate.”