Buck McKeon

A local Democratic club is hosting a forum featuring the two Republican candidates vying to succeed Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, shown above. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl contact
Ju;y 24, 2014

In another manifestation of how the political landscape is changing under the state’s top-two election system, a Democratic club in the Antelope Valley is scheduled to host two Republican congressional candidates at its forum early next month.

The Democratic Club of the High Desert said the GOP candidates, state Sen. Stephen Knight of Palmdale and former state legislator Tony Strickland of Simi Valley, have agreed to appear at the Aug. 1 forum. They are competing to succeed retiring Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) in the Nov. 4 election.

Strickland and Knight finished first and second, respectively, in the June 3 primary. Under the state’s relatively new system, all the candidates for a given office appear on a single ballot and only the top two finishers, regardless of any party affiliation, can advance to the fall general election.

The rules left district Democrats without a candidate this fall, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be interested in the election, said club President Johnathon Ervin.

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