For­mer gu­ber­na­to­rial chal­lenger vis­its

The Signal - - News - By Crys­tal Duan Sig­nal Staff Writer

Assem­bly­man Travis Allen, R-Hunt­ing­ton Beach, vis­ited Santa Clarita on Thurs­day to host a Take Back Cal­i­for­nia grass­roots train­ing work­shop to rally sup­port for lo­cal con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates.

Allen de­cided to drive north to host the work­shop to rally vol­un­teers about get­ting in­volved for con­ser­va­tive causes at Vin­cenzo’s Pizza in Ne­whall. He said it was all in the in­ter­est of con­tin­u­ing con­ser­va­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Santa Clarita area.

“Santa Clarita is ab­so­lutely piv­otal to Cal­i­for­nia elec­tions,” he said. “We’ve held con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can seats for some time in that val­ley, and it’s ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal that we con­tinue that with the up­com­ing races.”

The work­shop brought in train­ers from around the state to help vol­un­teers un­der­stand the best ways to mo­bi­lize and vol­un­teer on lo­cal cam­paigns.

“It’s a train­ing work­shop, de­signed to give vol­un­teers and ac­tivists the tools they need to ad­vo­cate for con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates in that area,” he said. “We’ll be teach­ing peo­ple how to set up lo­cal com­mu­nity groups. We’ll be iden­ti­fy­ing neigh­bor­hoods and city­wide precinct cap­tains, and con­nect­ing in­di­vid­u­als with can­di­dates in their area.”

The assem­bly­man spoke highly of Assem­bly­man Dante Acosta, R-Santa Clarita, and Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palm­dale.

“I’ve been proud to serve with Dante in the Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture,” he said. “He sat di­rectly be­hind me on the leg­isla­tive floor, and he is a great leg­is­la­tor. He has a real feel for his dis­trict and what’s im­por­tant to Cal­i­for­ni­ans. His in­ter­ests have been be­ing tough on crime, and look­ing out for the hard­work­ing men and women that are try­ing to raise their fam­i­lies in Cal­i­for­nia.

“I also think Steve Knight has been an ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cate for the peo­ple of Santa Clarita and the en­tire north­ern L.A. re­gion,” he said. “We want to make sure we can do every­thing we can to sup­port his re-elec­tion and en­sure that the con­stituents know the great job he’s been do­ing in D.C..”

Allen said Democrats in Cal­i­for­nia are pur­su­ing an agenda he con­sid­ered rad­i­cal.

“They’re push­ing higher taxes, be­ing soft on crime poli­cies and open bor­ders, and this all has dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects for hard­work­ing Cal­i­for­ni­ans just try­ing to raise their fam­i­lies,” he said. “We need bal­ance in Sacra­mento and in D.C., and that means elect­ing more con­ser­va­tives.”

Allen came in fifth in the June pri­mary for Cal­i­for­nia’s gu­ber­na­to­rial race. The top two vote get­ters of that pri­mary, John Cox and Gavin New­som, will face each other on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

Cory Ru­bin/The Sig­nal (See ad­di­tional pho­tos at sig­

State Assem­bly­man Travis Allen speaks at a work­shop in Ne­whall on Thurs­day.

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