Assembly candidate plans visit to county fair

Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt is running to fill the assembly seat vacated by Brian Dahle when he became the state senator for District 1. Photo submitted

Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt will visit the Plumas-Sierra County Fair on Friday, Aug. 16. She is running to fill the assembly seat vacated by Brian Dahle when he became the state senator for District 1.

Betancourt will be at the Plumas-Sierra Political Coalition booth located in the Serpilio Building, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Betancourt, from Happy Valley, said she has always lived in rural counties and wants those communities to have better representation when it comes to statewide issues.

She hasabout 20 years of experience in water policy and wants to bring that expertise to North State voters. She currently works for theCentral Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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“Many of those yearsI’ve spent working with the state government,” she said. “What I see, is that policies are created that recognize the resources we bring to the state, but they don’t recognize the people that (bring them there).”

Other policy areas of focus for Betancourt are forest management in relation to fire prevention and access to healthcare in rural areas.

“We have a few hospitals in the region that have been very close to closing,” Betancourt said. “Ithink we can offer healthcare in rural places in a more innovative and equitable way.”

There will be a breakfast fundraiser for Betancourt beginning at 8 a.m. in Quincy before the parade at Gansner Park. Please call Faith Strailey at 283-2604 for details if you wish to attend.