District 1 state Sen. Brian Dahle, who won his seat in a 2019 special election, heads into next month’s general election as the front-runner after getting the most votes in the March primary.
Dahle, a Republican, will again face Democratic challenger Pamela Swartz, a Nevada County resident who took second place in the primary, and is looking to serve his first full term as a state senator.
Brian Dahle served on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors for 16 years. He was then a state assemblyman from 2012 until June 12, 2019, when he joined the state Senate.
In March, Dahle’s policy proposals mostly revolved around expanding broadband in rural districts like his own, and helping business owners and homeowners lower their fire insurance rates. Now, he says, wildfire issues and COVID-19 restrictions have strengthened his desire for more local control.
“I have always advocated for good management of the forests, I knew it was going to burn,” he said, adding he has written legislation to help thin the forest to make it healthier.
“In March, there was a lot of other issues,” Dahle said. “We didn’t have COVID, the economy was roaring. That all changed. I have always been an advocate of local control. … One size doesn’t fit all for the majority of my district.”
According to Dahle, he initially abided by state COVID-19 mandates.
“They said we were going to have a tsunami of patients, so we made the shelter in place. Wish I hadn’t given the governor that power, now. It’s been very painful to watch.”
Going forward, Dahle said, he wants local control of health and safety measures.
“I’m going to continue to push for local control, move forward with reopening at the pace that makes sense for them,” he said.
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