LaMalfa to battle Reed for District 1 seat |

LaMalfa to battle Reed for District 1 seat

Doug LaMalfa.
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U.S. House of Representatives

Doug LaMalfa (R) 58,927 (40.3%)

Jim Reed (D) 42,486 (29.1%)

David Peterson (D) 9,148 (6.3%)

Gregory Cheadle (R) 2,621 (1.8%)

Joe Montes (R) 25,184 (17.2%)

Gary Allen Oxley (R) 4,656 (3.2%)

Jeff Gerlach (I) 3,070 (2.1%)

The 2016 District 1 congressional race will pit Republican incumbent Doug LaMalfa against Democrat Jim Reed. LaMalfa and Reed were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election, and will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.

As of 1:11 a.m., with 99.5 percent of precincts reporting, LaMalfa had received 40.3 percent of the vote, while Reed had received 29.1 percent, according to election results released by the California Secretary of State.

Tuesday’s primary result sets up a rematch of the 2012 District 1 congressional race, in which LaMalfa defeated Reed in the general election after receiving more than 57 percent of the vote.

LaMalfa was monitoring the results of Tuesday’s election in Washington, D.C.

“Being able to score well and do consistently well, especially within a seven-man race, is gratifying,” LaMalfa said. “I’m happy for that and we’ll move on toward November.” However, LaMalfa added, he won’t be turning his full attention to his re-election campaign until Congress takes its summer recess in July. In the meantime, he said, he’ll stay focused on addressing the concerns of District 1 residents, including improving north state infrastructure and access to broadband internet, and discussing water storage.

Reed was not available for comment Tuesday evening.

Republican Joe Montes, an attorney and business development specialist who lives in Chico, finished third in voting, with 17.2 percent.

Four other candidates were also unsuccessful in their bids to advance to the Nov. 8 election. independent candidate Jeff Gerlach, an information technology analyst, received 2.1 percent of the vote; Republican Gary Allen Oxley, a nurse, received 3.2 percent; Republican Gregory Cheadle, a real estate broker, had received 1.8 percent; and Democrat David Peterson, an accountability system developer, had received 6.3 percent of the vote.

LaMalfa, 55, is seeking a third term in office. In addition to being elected over Reed in 2012, he defeated Democrat Heidi Hall at the polls in 2014.

During his time in office, LaMalfa has worked to reduce government-imposed regulations on small business, spoken against legalizing recreational marijuana and has supported building more water storage in California. Reed, 65, a lawyer, supports the legalization of recreational marijuana. He’s also spoken about the need to improve the north state’s infrastructure and access to high-speed internet to draw jobs to District 1.

Montes, 60, had hoped to challenge LaMalfa in a one-party race come November. During his campaign, Montes criticized LaMalfa for not doing enough to recruit employers to the north state, and for supporting a bill that would send water from the northern part of the state to Southern California. Montes also advocated for a balanced federal budget and a stronger U.S. military.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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