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Republican Assemblyman to Challenge Boxer in Senate Race

August 17, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

Assemblyman Tony Strickland has announced that he intends to challenge Barbara Boxer in next year's election to the U.S. Senate.

Strickland (R-Moorpark), who will be forced out of his Assembly seat next year by term limits, said he has put together a campaign team and expects to seek the Republican nomination in the March 4 primary. Other GOP candidates include former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin and Silicon Valley businesswoman Toni Casey.

Boxer, a Democrat who is in her second term and is hoping for a third, took office in 1998 after beating Republican Matt Fong. She succeeded in large part by painting Fong as too conservative for California, especially on gun control and abortion rights. Strickland, though, thinks Boxer is too liberal.

"Boxer's record of intolerance when it comes to judicial nominations, her failure to support sound economic policies and her continued lack of support for our military and national defense prove she's out of touch," Strickland, 33, said Friday in a prepared statement.

Strickland has the support of the California Republican Assembly and his campaign team is led by strategist Dan Schnur.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday August 20, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 32 words Type of Material: Correction
California primary -- Several recent articles in Section A and the California section have said that the state's presidential primary election will be held March 4. It will be held March 2.
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Los Angeles Times Thursday August 21, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 55 words Type of Material: Correction
Senate term -- An article in Sunday's California section about Assemblyman Tony Strickland's plans to challenge Sen. Barbara Boxer in next year's general election incorrectly said Boxer took office in 1998. She won a second term in 1998, but she first took office in January 1993 after winning the post in the November 1992 election.

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