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Dahle wins District 1 Assembly race, advances to November election

Teresa Yinmeng Liu
Staff Writer

District 1 Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, breezed through Tuesday's primary election.

With 99.2 percent of precincts reporting at 1:21 a.m., Dahle raked up 70,687 votes in District 1. In Nevada County, Dahle earned 15,009 votes, or 99.5 percent of the votes in Nevada County, while his opponent, write-in candidate Donn Coenen, received 74votes, or 0.49 percent of all votes.

But Dahle said he doesn't take his constituents for granted.

"I represent about half of a million people. I am doing the best I can and I'll continue to do that as long as the people put me in the office," he said.

As a result of the "top two" system of California, Coenen is guaranteed to advance to the November general election as the only certified write-in candidate against Dahle, a spokesperson at the California Secretary of State Office told The Union Tuesday.

A third-generation farmer and business-owner, Dahle was elected to the state assembly after winning 65.6 percent of the district vote in the 2012 race against fellow Republican Rick Bosetti. In the 2014 election, he trounced Brigham Smith (Dem.), a 21-year-old student from the College of the Siskiyous, after receiving 70 percent of the vote.

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Coenen said he joined the race to lend a voice to the State of Jefferson initiative.

"It's important whether I win or lose, to show there is a considerable amount of people who would prefer to be separated from California," said the 64-year-old president of the Nevada County Libertarian Party Tuesday afternoon.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.

BY THE NUMBERS

State Assembly – District 1

Brian Dahle (R) 70,687

Donn Coenen (L) 74

(Dahle’s total is according to Secretary of State’s office; Coenen’s votes were recorded in Nevada County).

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