Scott Wildman

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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.

Career[edit]

In 1996, he ran for the Glendale-Burbank based 43rd district in the California State Assembly left open when incumbent Republican James Rogan decided to run for congress. Wildman was an underdog, but demographic changes plus coordination with other Democratic campaigns in the area allowed him to eke out a 192-vote win over wealthy GOP businessman John Geranios.[1] The race was so close that Wildman was not officially declared the winner until November 23, 1996.[2]

In 1998, Wildman sought reelection and was a top Republican target. An aggressive district outreach operation garnered Wildman strong support from Armenian and Latino voters, as well as endorsements from local Republican and Democratic officials, labor, teachers and law enforcement for his re-election effort. He also 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.[3]

In 2000, he didn't seek reelection and instead opted to run for an open state senate seat.[4] He faced off against fellow assemblyman Jack Scott from neighboring Pasadena in the Democratic primary.[5] Wildman was not supposed to be much of a match for the Scott, a former president of Pasadena City College, whose assembly district boasted significantly more voters. He nevertheless made the race close, scoring 46.7% of the vote [6] to Scott's 53.3%.

In 2001, several weeks after his tenure in the assembly had come to an end, Wildman lost another close race, this time for a seat on the Los Angeles City council. He came in third behind future mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and former councilman Mike Woo.

Electoral history[edit]

Member, California State Assembly: 1986-1988
Year Office Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1996 California State Assembly
District 43
Scott Wildman 49,452 48.4% John Geranios 49,260 48.2%
1998 California State Assembly
District 43
Scott Wildman 37,112 65% Peter Repovich 26,749 31.5%
2000 California State Senate
District 21
Jack Scott 53.3%

Scott Wildman 46.7%

158,145 58.9% Paul Zee 100,901 37.6%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Democrat Wins Close Assembly Race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.joincalifornia.com/candidate/6034
  3. ^ California Journal Vol. XXIX, No.12 (December 1998) "Voices of the Voters". StateNet Publications, December 1998.
  4. ^ "Style Has Substance in 21st District Race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Scott Wildman to Run for State Senate". Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Scott beats Wildman". Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Rogan
California State Assembly 43rd District
1996 – 2000
Succeeded by
Dario Frommer