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Murrieta School Board Member Ponders Run for State Assembly

After a 2010 run for State Senate, Ken Dickson said he is ready to enter the race again--this time for Assembly.

Longtime Murrieta Valley Unified School District board member Kenneth "K.C." Dickson has gone public that there is a strong possibility he will enter the race for the 66th District State Assembly seat once the final redistricting map is drawn.

The proposed redistricting puts Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and Canyon Lake together in the 66th District. Currently, the district encompasses Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula, then travels south to northeastern San Diego County, covering Valley Center and Julian, among other communities.

"We don't know where the district is going to be, but I like my chances just because of the shape, and the concentration of conservative Republicans," Dickson said.

In 2010, Dickson, 62, of Murrieta, sought the 36th State Senate seat. He received about 20 percent of the vote in what he called a "very large" district, stretching from Murrieta and Temecula south to most of San Diego County on the east side of Interstate 15.

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone received about 30 percent of the vote, and 40 percent of the vote won the election for Joel Anderson, R-Alpine.

"They both spent over $600,000 each; I spent $100,000 and got a quarter of the votes for that," he said.

Back home where he is known, Dickson thinks his chances for garnering public faith in his ability to take his public service to a new level at the State Assembly are good.

Also announcing exploratory campaigns for the seat are Phil Paule, district director for U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista; and Bob Magee, mayor pro tem of the City of Lake Elsinore. Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, currently holds the State Assembly seat but will reach the end of his term limits by 2012.

"I am prepared for that level of public service--to enhance the prospects for a very special district, to enhance the business climate through my experience," Dickson said.

Dickson, an attorney and retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, has served on the school board since 1998. He professes a belief in lifelong learning to build strong communities, at home and at large. Besides serving on the school board, Dickson teaches a Foundations of Law course at Mt. San Jacinto College's Temecula campus as part of a program that prepares students for jobs as paralegals.

He said his experience in the Military, where he served as a judge's advocate, gives him the knowledge it takes to understand the inner workings of government.

"The role of a Military counsel is similar to the counsel for a small city," he said, adding that he has also taught immigration law and environmental law.

Dickson said it would be a sacrifice to spend time away from home at the State Capitol, because "it is such a wonderful place to live."

"But it would be so that my children would want to come back to California."

Dickson's two children went through Murrieta Valley High School, where both were valedictorians of their respective classes. He is married to his life partner, Susan, who worked for many years as a kindergarten teacher and now works for the Riverside County Office of Education.

The Dicksons moved to Murrieta in 1992 when Ken took a job at March Air Force Base in Moreno Valley.

"I was smart enough to win and woo her," he said about his wife, attributing his children's smarts to their mother.

He bills himself as a conservative Republican, and should his campaign materialize, he hopes to take the Republican primary for the seat.

Rob June 28, 2011 at 02:56 PM
everyone runing has no prrivate sector experience and Murrieta's school District has invested millions i AGW technology is currently in a near 9 million dollar deficit spent ... he sounds perfect for Sactown.
David Davis June 28, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Great resume. I would definitely consider voting for him. Let the games begin.
Roy T Tatar June 28, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Just what we need, another knee-jerk Republican, joining the lemming-like ways of the GOP. Their motto being: Fear, lies, & tax cuts for the rich.
Rob August 01, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Hey Roy, woudl you care to debate that topic or just spew liberal talking points like a fountain int he living room, over-flowing onto the carpet and runing the house? I will go first. Would the USA defauly on their debt if the debt ceiling were not raised? Will increasing the debt ceiling puts us on firm ground with the creit rating companies? Is the war in Libya legal? Whan was th elast time the Dems passed a budget? When, and for how much, was the last debt ceiling increase? STATE ASSEMBLY How have the Dems controlled spending int he State? What is the Dems policy on illega aliens gaining in-state college tuition? Where does the State rank in terms of personal and corp taxes? How has the Green Act impacted the State?

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