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LaMalfa to represent 1st District in Washington, D.C.

Republican Doug LaMalfa is going to Washington.

LaMalfa, a former state senator from Richvale, earned the District 1 national congressional seat by garnering 113,178 votes (58.5 percent) with 77.5 percent of the precincts reporting, as opposed to Democrat Jim Reed’s total vote count of 80,250 (41.5 percent).

In Nevada County, LaMalfa managed to capture 14,175 votes (54 percent) with 95 percent of the county precincts reporting, while Reed culled 12,141 (46 percent).

“Well, I’m a little tired, but I am also super excited to have been a part of this process,” LaMalfa said Tuesday night. “It’s an awesome responsibility.”

LaMalfa said there was a profound sense of relief now that the campaign is over.

“I think regular people are just sick of watching this stuff,” he said. “I’m relieved, but I am also grateful for the strong support I have received in this district.”

Reed described his mood as “a little disappointed.” Nevertheless, the Fall River Mills attorney said he is hopeful his message came across during the campaign process.

“I’ve been talking a lot about the gridlock in Congress, and I hope the effort we made has impressed upon Doug that he can’t just vote the party line,” Reed said.

Reed said it was “way too early” to begin thinking about future political plans.

The campaign between the two candidates was often contentious, featuring several debates and barbs trades through the media. Reed attempted to paint LaMalfa as an unethtical and ideologically inflexible politician who was susceptible to out-of-area donations.

LaMalfa, in turn, attacked his opponent as someone who supported “Pelosi-style politics” and was in favor of big government and burdensome regulation.

LaMalfa owns and manages a rice farm in Richvale, Calif. He has received federal subsidies for not growing rice over the years but stated he is not beholden to the United States Department of Agriculture and would strive, if elected, to alter the regulations relating to farmers.

LaMalfa made his first foray into the public sphere in 2002, winning the California Assembly District 2 seat. He was reelected in 2004 and again in 2006.

In 2010, he ran and won the election for the California State Senate District 4 seat.

Ultimately, the voters sided with LaMalfa in a district that has historically been a Republican stronghold.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call (530) 477-4239.

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