Brian Dahle won the California Assembly District 1 seat going away in a race that featured two conservative Republicans attempting to differentiate themselves.
With 92 percent of the precincts reporting district wide, Dahle managed to garner 79,271 votes (64.4 percent) with Rick Bosetti, R-Redding, capturing 43,849 votes.
In Nevada County, the margin of victory was even wider for Dahle. With 95 percent reporting, Dahle totaled 16,584 votes (74 percent) to Bosetti’s 5,875 total (26 percent).
“I am very humbled by the support I received in Nevada County,” Dahle said Tuesday night. “I cannot wait to go to work for the people of this district and to make California a better place.”
Dahle said he will strive to represent “every single person in the district and work hard for them.”
Bosetti could not be reached by phone Tuesday night.
After securing the top two vote totals in the June primary, the two North State Republicans strived to paint each other as less deserving of the seat.
Bosetti is a business owner, former professional athlete and member of the Redding City Council. Dahle is a third-generation farmer, business owner and Lassen County supervisor.
Bosetti said Dahle was beholden to unions and would not be the right individual to fight for pension reform in the state of California.
Bosetti further asserted that he was more pragmatic and would vote on each issue according to what he felt was best for the people in the state and in his district.
Dahle said Bosetti received too many contributions to his campaign from sources outside the district, which proved he did not have the interests of the district’s residents in mind.
Dahle framed his campaign around attempting to reduce the amount of regulations placed on California businesses, particularly small-business owners.
He attempted to appeal to moderates and Democrats
by pointing to his record as a conservationist, as he was responsible for placing conservation easements on multiple large land tracts in Lassen County
during his tenure as supervisor, he said.
The emphasis on responsible land stewardship affects his idea on the timber industry, as Dahle said he believes selective thinning of California’s forests would not only stem the likelihood of large wildland fires but could provide much needed jobs.
Dahle is married with three children and lives in Bieber, Calif.
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