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Sen. Pavley, GOP Candidate Zink Compete For Senate District 27

Subrina Hudson |
September 22, 2012 | 6:59 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Sen. Pavley has raised more funds compared to GOP candidate Todd Zink. (Dawn Megli/Neon Tommy)
Sen. Pavley has raised more funds compared to GOP candidate Todd Zink. (Dawn Megli/Neon Tommy)
Prosecutor Todd Zink and Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills are facing off for a seat in the 27th Senate District.

The newly drawn district encompasses areas such as Malibu, Topanga, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Simi Valley and a portion of Santa Clarita and Sherman Oaks.

As of May 2012, voter registration for the district showed roughly 35 percent registered as Republican, 40 percent Democrat and 20 percent with no party preference. 

During the June 5 primaries, Republican candidate Zink won 51 percent of votes and Democratic candidate Pavley won 49 percent.

Zink currently serves as the deputy district attorney for the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. He is assigned to prosecute serious and violent felony offenders in the San Fernando Valley. 

He is aiming to reign in state spending and reduce California's debt.  Jobs, education and public safety are some of the major issues Zink is looking to focus on in his campaign.

Tax incentives for businesses that hire unemployed veterans, requiring the state to create a 20-year infrastructure and funding plan, and introducing legislation forbidding the state from withholding budgeted funds to local government once a state budget is passed are just a few of the ways Zink is hoping to accomplish as State Senator, according to his website.

The Marine Corps officer still serves in the Marine Corps Reserves and is endorsed by L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, the California Small Business Association, Thousand Oaks Councilman Dennis Gillette and William S. Hart High School District Board Member Joe Messina, along with other supporters.

Fran Pavley, Democratic senator of Agoura Hills, has a long history in public office. She served as the first mayor of Agoura Hills in 1982. In 2000, she was elected to the state assembly where she served three terms. Pavley was then elected into the Calif. senate representing District 23 which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura County.

The former middle school teacher is endorsed by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Governor Jerry Brown, Zev Yaroslavsky of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, and others.

Pavley said in a statement that an "educated workforce is the key to California's success and the foundation for a strong economy." In addition to education, she wants to promote public transportation and reduce California's impact on the environment.

Democrats and Senate Republicans are both pouring money into the campaigns of their respective candidates, according to The Los Angeles Times.

However, Zink appears to be trailing behind Pavley. 

Democrats are hoping to win a two-thirds Senate majority in November and are pouring money into Pavley's campaign.

Pavley reported raising $111,416 from May 20 to June 30 and ended the period with  $832,887 in her campaign account. Zink raised $76, 165 during the same period, ending with $81,051.


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