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Mar 08 2012

SD-27: Republican Marine Lt. Colonel and LA County Prosecutor to Run for California State Senate

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From the Todd Zink campaign website

With California June Primary election deadline looming, a Republican has finally stepped forward to challenge incumbent Democrat State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills. The candidate is Russell Todd Zink, a Westlake Village resident and Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. Zink is also a Lt Colonel in the United States Marine Reserve and has served in Afghanistan.

Zink’s campaign biography is here.

Todd Zink is a husband, father, decorated Marine Corps officer, and an accomplished Deputy District attorney with a long record of service to our community and country.

Todd Zink followed in his father’s footsteps as a military officer by earning a scholarship in the Naval ROTC program at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, Todd was immediately commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He became an infantry officer and a graduate of Ranger, Combat Dive, and Airborne Schools.

As an active duty Marine in Encino, he lived in Thousand Oaks and did community outreach events in the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys at schools, in cities and with small businesses.

After completing his active duty service, Todd pursued a law degree at Loyola Law School, attending class in the evenings while working full-time in the pharmaceutical and biopharma sales industries, and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.

A few months after 9-11, Todd’s reserve company from Port Hueneme in Ventura County was activated as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and became part of the only reserve infantry battalion to take part in the march to Baghdad. During this operation he orchestrated close air support missions in the push to Baghdad.

Shortly after his return from Iraq, Todd was selected as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Todd’s work on behalf of the People of Los Angeles County included serving the communities of Compton, Beverly Hills, Sylmar, San Fernando and Van Nuys, where he is currently assigned to the prosecution of serious and violent felony offenders in the San Fernando Valley. He is an accomplished trial attorney who has been recognized by Super Lawyer Magazine as a “Rising Star” in 2005-07 and 2009.

A fresh-faced and an accomplished Republican politician for Los Angeles and Ventura County is a noteworthy event. I suppose it is time for a new generation of leadership.

Zink’s LinkedIn profile is here.

Stay tuned as I cover California Senate District 27 which contains my home in Thousand Oaks.

Todd Zink and family (2008). Photo: Facebook

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