Ben Emery withdraws from State Senate race |

Ben Emery withdraws from State Senate race

Ben Emery

Citing a potential conflict of interest, Nevada City resident Ben Emery announced he would withdraw from the race for the District 4 State Senate seat only days after he announced he would run.

“We are suspending our campaign,” Emery said in a phone message to The Union Tuesday.

Emery, who serves on the board of the Hospitality House of the Foothills, a nonprofit that provides shelter to local homeless, said the organization works with Dan Logue, R-Marysville, who is also running for the seat, creating a potential conflict of interest.

Emery told the Chico Enterprise Record that Hospitality House received a state grant to purchase a permanent shelter and one of the group’s committees has been working with Logue to resolve some issues with the state regarding the building.

Despite withdrawing, Emery still will appear on the ballot, according to a list of certified candidates provided by the California Secretary of State.

Emery did not list a party preference in his filing papers with the Secretary of State’s office.

Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, vacated the senate seat recently to pave the way for his run for the District 1 U.S. Congress seat.

Logue will face off against Jim Nielsen, R-Yuba City, who currently represents District 2 in the California Assembly.

The three other certified candidates are Jann Reed, Chico; Dan Levine, Chico; and Michael Harrington, D-Magalia.

Reed and Levine declined to state a party preference.

The election will take place Nov. 6.

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

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