Scott Wildman (born April 12, 1951 in San Diego, California) is an American teacher, labor organizer and politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
In 1996 Wildman ran for the Glendale-Burbank based 43rd district in the California State Assembly. He was an underdog, but demographic changes plus campaign coordination with other Democrats in the area allowed him to eke out a 192-vote win over wealthy GOP businessman John Geranios. The race was so close that Wildman was not officially declared the winner until November 23, 1996.
In 1998 Wildman sought reelection and was a top Republican target. He lucked out when his GOP opponent turned out to have too many skeletons in his closet. As a result Republicans didn't mount much of a challenge, and Wildman scored an easy win.
In 2000 he didn't seek reelection and instead opted to run for an open state senate seat. He faced off against fellow assemblyman Jack Scott from neighboring Pasadena in the Democratic primary. Considered more of a gadfly and complainer, Wildman was not supposed to be much of a match for the savvier Scott, a former president of Pasadena City College. He nevertheless made the race close, scoring 46.7% of the vote.
In 2001, several weeks after his tenure in the assembly had come to an end, Wildman lost another close race, this time for Los Angeles City council. He came in third behind future mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and former councilman Mike Woo.
|1996||California State Assembly
|Scott Wildman||49,452||48.4%||John Geranios||49,260||48.2%|
|1998||California State Assembly
|Scott Wildman||37,112||65%||Peter Repovich||26,749||31.5%|
|2000||California State Senate
|Jack Scott 53.3%
Scott Wildman 46.7%
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- California Journal Vol. XXIX, No.12 (December 1998) "Voices of the Voters". StateNet Publications, December 1998.
- "Style Has Substance in 21st District Race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "Scott Wildman to Run for State Senate". Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "Scott beats Wildman". Retrieved 31 July 2011.
|California State Assembly 43rd District
1996 – 2000