Capitol Alert
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December 3, 2013

State Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, will join a growing field of candidates competing to succeed veteran Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon should he retire 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 comes just days after 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.

Strickland avoided a rematch with freshman Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley when he withdrew from the 26th district race and endorsed GOP Assemblyman Jeff Gorell.

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