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Keene wins GOP’s nod for Assembly

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Conservative candidate Rick Keene had a strong lead Tuesday over Dan Ostrander in the Republican primary for the state1s 3rd Assembly District, which includes Nevada County.

One key difference between the two Chico men is that Keene promised to stick with fellow Republicans when it comes time to vote on the state budget in the Democrat-dominated state Legislature.

Democrats needed four Republican votes in the Assembly to cross over to their side and pass the budget this summer.

Keene said he never would have voted for it; Ostrander said he would have.

Keene faulted the budget for raising taxes and creating deficits and said Tuesday, 3People want someone who1s going to be … very, very tight with our dollars.²

Keene wasn1t willing to declare victory at 10:40 p.m. but said, 3It looks positive² and said he had a two-to-one lead in Butte County, which includes Chico. Keene said he1s well-known there because he served for nine years on the Chico City Council, including a term as mayor.

Ostrander said he was disappointed with the early returns.

He said the Republican caucus opposed him and Dick Dickerson, one of the four Republican Assemblymen who sided with Democrats this summer to pass the budget. Dickerson sought a state Senate seat.

3If Rick (Keene) wins, it1s the (Republican) caucus that won it for him,² Ostrander said. 3If Dickerson loses and I lose, it1s a victory for the caucus. They picked the people they wanted to win.²

The 3rd Assembly District<all or parts of Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba counties<is heavily Republican and the winner of the Republican primary is expected to win November1s general election.

The other candidates on November1s ballot will be Democrat Stuart Randall King and Libertarian Jon Petersen.

State Assembly (GOP)

Rick Keene 56%

Dan Ostrander 44%

(65% reporting)

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