March 07, 2012 4:23 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Three candidates have now declared bids to replace Assemblyman Steve Knight in the 36th Assembly District.

Two weeks ago Knight announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in the Assembly and is instead pursuing the 21st Senate District seat covering areas currently represented by Sharon Runner, who is bowing out of politics as she recovers from double lung transplant surgery.

Knight has endorsed Republican candidate Ron Smith, a Lancaster city councilman, small business owner and former law enforcement officer. Smith was previously chairman of the 36th Assembly District Republican Central Committee.

One of Smith’s opponents is Republican Tom Lackey, a Palmdale councilman and California Highway Patrol sergeant. Lackey has the support of Board of Equalization Member George Runner and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford.

Rounding out the tentative candidate field is Steve Fox, an attorney who lives in Palmdale and works in Lancaster. Fox is a former Los Angeles teacher and has served on the Antelope Valley College Board of Trustees. He said he’s running as a “conservative Democrat” to better his chances at making changes in Sacramento, having run for the 36th District as a Republican in 2008.

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