Local League of Women Voters searches for date both District 1 state Senate candidates can attend
Assemblyman Brian Dahle won’t attend a May 8 forum in Nevada County for the District 1 state Senate race, a move his opponent has decried in the weeks before the June 4 runoff.
However, a spokesman for Dahle said the assemblyman is fielding hundreds of requests and plans on attending candidate forums before the election. He dismissed arguments by opponent Kevin Kiley, saying Kiley was searching for an issue.
The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County tentatively had scheduled May 8 for a forum between Dahle, who represents District 1 in the state Assembly, and Kiley, the District 6 assemblyman, said Janice Bedayn, president of the local league. The Republicans took the top two spots in the March 26 election for the state Senate seat, but neither took 50 percent plus one vote, necessitating a runoff.
Bedayn said she later learned Dahle had a different event set for that night in Nevada County.
“We then kind of scrambled to find another day,” Bedayn said.
No new date is set.
Dahle also has not confirmed attendance to events in Plumas County and Redding, according to league officials in those counties.
The Redding area league scheduled a forum for this past Saturday, though Dahle couldn’t attend. That group wants to reschedule. A Plumas County league event will occur May 8. Both candidates are invited. The event will occur regardless, officials said.
“I’m disappointed,” Kiley said. “I was looking forward to the opportunity.
“I think that as a candidate for public office, if you want to represent people, you have an obligation to make sure voters have an opportunity to engage with you,” Kiley added.
Josh Cook, Dahle’s campaign manager, said Dahle hasn’t backed out of any scheduled event. Instead Dahle is working with various groups and hundreds of requests. That requires a back-and-forth discussion between groups that want him to attend various forums.
“Do we intend to go to more of these candidate forums?” Cook asked. “Absolutely. We’re going to try to go to as many of these things as we can.”
Cook dismissed Kiley’s arguments.
“He lost the election,” Cook added. “He’s trying to have an issue.”
Dahle won the March 26 election with 57,725 votes, or 29.6 percent. Kiley took 54,290, or 27.9 percent.
The state Senate district includes parts of 11 counties, including Nevada County.
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