Lackey takes 36th district

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

Assem­bly­man Tom Lackey, R-Palm­dale, won re-elec­tion on Tues­day over his Demo­cratic chal­lenger Steve Fox in their third con­sec­u­tive re­match.

Lackey won 56 per­cent of the vote, and Fox won 44 per­cent after all 292 precincts were counted through­out the 36th As­sem­bly District, which in­cludes parts of the Santa Clarita Val­ley.

“Last night was an in­di­ca­tion that there are a lot of close races, and the fact is that maybe it will be days, if not weeks, un­til we know who won many of the statewide races,” Lackey said. “That said, I’m thank­ful to have the mar­gin I’m look­ing at right now, and I just have to be­lieve it’s the re­sult of a lot of hard work and voter out­reach.

“I feel for­tu­nate,” he said of his re-elec­tion to a third term. “I look for­ward to a very en­gag­ing set of chal­lenges in the months ahead.”

Fox was elected in 2012 and served one term in the As­sem­bly un­til 2014.

On Tues­day, Fox said the race would likely not be over for many weeks after the elec­tion due to an in­flux of un­counted pro­vi­sional and late ab­sen­tee bal­lots.

“There are still other votes to be counted,” Fox said. “When I won in 2012, it was at the end of the month, when all the bal­lots were ac­counted for.”

Fox could not be reached for com­ment on Tues­day night or Wed­nes­day.

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