Logue seeks another term in Assembly
Senior Staff Writer
The Republican Party has dominated the Third District California Assembly and Fourth District state Senate seats for many years – but two Democrats hope to challenge that hold in November.
Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Linda, is campaigning for re-election in the June 8 primary, and he faces no opposition for the Republican Party nomination.
Logue won the area Assembly seat in 2008 after defeating then-Nevada County District 2 Supervisor Sue Horne in the Republican primary, then handily defeating Democratic candidate and retired Chico union representative Mickey Harrington in the general election.
This time around, Logue will most likely face one of two Democrats in November, either Harrington, who is running again, or Marysville Vice Mayor Christina Billeci.
Billeci recently retired as the Yuba County Public Guardian and worked for Yuba County for 31 years.
Harrington used to work for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. He also lost an Assembly seat race to Republican Rick Keene in 2006.
Both Billeci and Harrington know the district has been Republican for years, but hope to attract the growing number of independent and decline-to-state voters in the district.
State Senate race:
Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, has been the area’s state senator for eight years and must step down at the beginning of next year because of term limits.
Aanestad, originally an oral surgeon, is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
Standing up so far to replace him are two Republican candidates from Butte County who have been Assembly members but termed out after three, two-year terms.
Both profess to be conservatives – like Aanestad – and said in a recent Nevada County forum that the GOP needs new leadership.
Former Chico mayor and assemblyman Rick Keene has the endorsement of Aanestad, Logue and other heavy hitters in the party. He is a businessman and lawyer.
Doug LaMalfa is a rice farmer from Richvale who helped found the California Rice Commission and served on the Utilities and Commerce Committee when in the Assembly.
The candidates have taken out preliminary papers to run.
For the Democrats, Lathe Gill of Del Norte County and Paul Singh of Sutter County have been mentioned as possible candidates by state party sources.
Gill is a civil rights lawyer and a labor organizer. Singh is an organic farmer and businessman who lost to Aanestad in the 2006 Senate election and was beaten by Jim Nielsen for the 2nd District Assembly seat in 2008.
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