Incumbent Congressman Doug LaMalfa headed back to D.C.
Incumbent Congressman Doug LaMalfa said he was confident going into Tuesday’s election.
“I feel good,” he said, referencing soul singer James Brown by name.
LaMalfa put more than 250 miles on his vehicle visiting campaign headquarters throughout the district on Election Day. The road trip started off in Roseville with the funeral of Michael Davis, a detective with Placer County Sheriff’s Office killed in the line of duty Oct. 24.
“That was a very well-attended event and rightly so,” LaMalfa said. “I don’t use the word a lot, but they did a magnificent job.”
After stopping by the Republican headquarters in Grass Valley, LaMalfa drove “down the hill” toward Redding and stopped off at various party headquarters along the way. He ended his day by circling back to Chico for his own campaign party Tuesday evening.
As of deadline, early figures from the California Secretary of State put LaMalfa ahead by a wide margin at 61 percent of the vote, with Democratic challenger Heidi Hall trailing far behind at just 38 percent — with 70 percent of precincts reporting
LaMalfa said his first priority after returning to Washington D.C. will be to focus in on water infrastructure projects like the Sites Reservoir in Colusa County.
“In general, we will reassert our need to do water supply efforts,” LaMalfa said. “If my current bill gets pulled into a package of drought relief, great — otherwise it will be the first thing I put over when I get there in January.”
LaMalfa said he’s also eager to revisit the authorization to use military force in Syria and Iraq.
“We’ll be looking at the airstrike authorization the president asked for,” he said. “That had a 90-day term to it, so to speak, and those 90 days will be up in December.”
LaMalfa said he supported more airstrikes, and training indigenous allies in the area. But he stopped short of a willingness to send American ground troops.
“I don’t want to insert our people over there without a clear winnable mission, and it’s premature to think about that at this point,” LaMalfa said.
Democratic challenger Heidi Hall was in Grass Valley on Tuesday night. Early results from the Secretary of State put her behind by more than 20 points — but Hall said she expected her numbers to go up before the end of the night.
Even here in Nevada County, LaMalfa led by nearly seven points, 53 to 46. Still, Hall said she had not yet ruled out a second run in 2016, pending the final results of this year’s general election.
“I’m very proud of this,” Hall said. “We’ve done an amazing job as a first-time grassroots campaign.”
To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4230.
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