Ballots are out for assembly election

Plumas County registered voters should have received their ballots for the Assembly District 1 special primary election. Those who have not received their ballot should contact the elections office at 283-6256.

Those ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 27 and received by Aug. 30.

Governor Gavin Newsom called for the Aug. 27 election after Assemblyman Brian Dahle won the June 4 special election to fill the District 1 Senate seat vacated by Ted Gaines who was elected to the California State Board of Equalization in January.

The candidates to succeed Dahle include one Democrat, Elizabeth Betancourt, and four Republicans: Megan Dahle, Patrick Jones, Lane Rickard and Joe Turner.

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Betancourt, 39, is a farmer and watershed scientist who works for theCentral Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, specializing in cannabis permitting. She is from Shasta County.

Megan Dahle, 43, is the chief operating officer for her family’s business, Big Valley Seed Company. She is a Lassen County resident and hopes to succeed her husband Brian in the assembly.

Patrick Henry Jones, 51, owns Jones Fort Gun Shop in Redding and served two terms on the Redding City Council, including a tenure as the city’s mayor. He is a Shasta County resident.

Lane Rickard, 24, also hails from Shasta County. He is a businessman and former staffer for State Senator Ted Gaines.

Joe Turner, 36, was medically retired as a staff sergeant of the California Army National Guard and a Bronze Star recipient. He is the former chairman of the Lassen County Republican Central Committee.

The First Assembly District includes portions of Butte and Placer counties, as well as all of Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote plus one in this primary election, the top two candidates will advance to the General Election set for Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The ballots may be mailed, dropped off at the county’s elections department in room 102 of the Plumas County courthouse in Quincy, or dropped off at the ballot return box in front of the courthouse.