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While many people were recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday, Republican Tony Strickland was getting into position to succeed veteran Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in the 25th Congressional District.

Early last month, Strickland said he believed McKeon needed to decide what he was going to do amid speculation that the 75-year-old would retire rather than seek a 12th term in Congress.

Strickland's filing Friday came after Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, announced plans to avenge Stickland's loss to freshman Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley in the 26th Congressional District.

Strickland was among Gorell's early supporters, after making it clear he would seek McKeon's seat should he retire.

The 25th district is listed as "safe" by the Rothenberg Political Report-Roll Call.

25th Congressional District
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Democrat Lee Rogers, who lost by nine points to McKeon in 2012, is running again.

This weekend, the Simi Valley podiatrist was readying his second challenge of McKeon, calling out the congressman for introducing a resolution nearly 15 years ago to stop a quarry in the Soledad Canyon area and apparently receiving little support.

PHOTO: Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, speaks about current status of the budget vote before the Senate took action again on the budget in February 2009. The Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer


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