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Brown accepts Homeland Security position

Former Democratic District 4 congressional candidate Charlie Brown has accepted a federal appointment in the Department of Homeland Security.

“It was one year ago that a record number of Americans stood together to take our community and our country in a new direction,” Brown wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “There is no denying the important strides we’ve made. But it is also clear that very significant challenges remain, both at home and abroad. Everyone can and must play a role to help get our country back on track.”

The position will require Brown and his wife, Jan, to move to the Washington, D.C., area. They will be keeping a home in Roseville and expect to be back to the Fourth District frequently, Brown wrote.

He plans to dismantle his Web site but still can be contacted at

Brown, a retired Air Force lieutenant-colonel, was a strong Democrat standard-bearer in the 2006 and 2008 election. He came from virtual obscurity to narrowly lose to veteran incumbent Rep. John Doolittle in 2006; Brown carried Nevada County.

In 2008, with Doolittle retiring amid controversy over his connections to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Brown took on Republican Tom McClintock; he again lost in a close election.

The Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives lost by fewer than 1,800 votes, but carried Nevada County with more than 57 percent of the vote. The vote was so close that both men attended freshmen orientation in Congress before Brown conceded, as county registrars recounted ballots.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.