Dahle wins re-election bid in another landslide
California First District Assemblyman Brian Dahle won his first re-election bid Tuesday, beating Democratic candidate Brigham Smith in one of the election’s most lopsided victories. After winning around 70 percent of the vote, and close 60 percent of votes in Nevada County, Dahle celebrated his victory at Shasta County Realtors in Redding, with his wife Megan, and campaign supporters.
“I have a great staff and great supporters,” Dahle said Tuesday night. “And I’ve got a lot of family support, which is important and makes you a stronger candidate when your family is behind you. I have my son and my daughter and my wife here and their support has made me a stronger candidate. Our number one goal here was to run an honest campaign with integrity and I think we did that.”
Throughout the election it seemed as though the race was a non-race, with Smith admitting that his chances of overthrowing the incumbent were “slim to none.” Smith was right, as he lost the June primary election, receiving just 30 percent of the vote, compared to Dahle, who received close to 70 percent. Tuesday’s election wasn’t any different.
“A lot of it is probably due to the fact that my opponent was not very visible during the campaign,” Dahle said. “I think it’s very important to ask people for their vote and to not take it for granted.”
District 1 encompasses the state’s northeastern region, which includes Nevada, Butte, Lassen, Placer, Siskiyou, Plumas, Modoc, Shasta and Sierra counties. While Dahle won the primary election against his only opponent in Smith by a majority vote, due to the state’s “top two system,” Dahle was required to continue campaigning for the Nov. 4 general election run-off.
Dahle’s advantage in campaign contributions and experience, though, cemented him as an overwhelming favorite to win his first re-election bid. He also benefited from the district’s voting demographics, where Republican voters outnumber Democrats.
With a background in business and farming, Dahle, 49, became an Assembly member in November 2012 after ousting fellow Republican Rick Bosetti with 65.6 percent of the district’s vote. Smith, a student at the College of the Siskiyous, admittedly has no experience in politics and decided to run after his father was asked to run by the Democratic Party, but declined. Smith could not be reacher for comment.
“I am going to continue to represent the district as I have, working across both sides of the aisle,” Dahle said. “I want to stop bad legislation from being passed and continue to educate members about the north side of the state about the challenges we face at home, and hopefully get legislation passed for constituents in our area.”
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
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