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Congressional candidate Audrey Denney visits Quincy voters

Democratic candidate Audrey Denney, who is running for California’s 1st Congressional District, met with Plumas County voters on Saturday, Aug. 11, to talk about her campaign and address issues of local concern.

District 1 includes the counties of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama, as well as parts of Nevada, Glenn and Placer counties and is currently represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa.

Denney joined over 40 local Democrats at the Plumas County Library in Quincy at a meeting sponsored by the Plumas County Democratic Central Committee.

Later that evening, she visited with attendees at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair, enjoying an opportunity to discuss her background, qualifications and passion for public service on a range of timely issues — job creation, healthcare, education, water, agriculture and programs that serve seniors and veterans.

Quincy resident Norberta Schmidt, left, greets candidate Audrey Denney who is running for the seat California’s 1st Congressional District. Denney met voters at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair on Aug. 11 and addressed questions during a community meeting at the library in Quincy, sponsored by the Plumas County Democratic Central Committee. Photo by Debra Moore

Denney holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in science and agricultural education. She has spent the last decade working in agriculture, education and the nonprofit sector and taught ag at California State University, Chico for six years.

“As an educator and a farmer, I am dedicated to improvement,” the candidate told the library audience. “I’m committed to improving the lives of the people of the North State by supporting education, accessible affordable healthcare, infrastructure and veterans. I’m also dedicated to ensuring the profitability of agriculture while protecting the environment.”

The 34-year-old grew up on a farm and spent several years working on ag issues for nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad in Central America and communities such as South Sudan where 83 percent of the population lives in rural areas and earns less than the equivalent of one U.S. dollar per day.

She also owns a small farm-management enterprise.

Several in the audience had questions for the candidate.

One asked, “What is your strategy for getting through to voters and people who are sick of the (political strife) and have just checked out?”

Another person said her son is 24 years old, has yet to vote, and is very discouraged about the state of politics in America today.

“Please tell your son that this race will be decided by him and his generation,” Denney replied, outlining her strategy for targeted outreach throughout the district.

“This resonates with what I’m seeing out in our district,” Denney said. “We have enough, with registered Democrats, unregistered voters and no-party-preference indicated voters to get the extra 100,000 votes we need. Absolutely, it’s about voter registration and turnout.”

And then, from a seat in the back, a man raised questions about fire protection, asking, “How will you protect us and save us from massive forest fires?”

Denney addressed the concern and talked about making safe, healthy and resilient forests an absolute priority, mentioning she would search for federal funding for these issues.

“In my travels throughout the district, I try to explain what it feels like to live in a place where a simple flat tire can cause a forest fire that takes everything from you,” the candidate said. “Our rural economy, our clean water and so much more, is all tied up in forest health,” the candidate replied, explaining her commitment to “making the environment, the economy, and the people-part work (together).”

Someone asked if Denney would be willing to debate incumbent Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), a rice farmer.

“I would love to!” she said.

She added, “I will put people before corporations and I will not accept corporate political action committee (PAC) contributions. This campaign is not about me, it’s about stepping out and creating the best community here in our  district.”

Audrey Denney’s stand on issues

– Infrastructure investment, better roads and rural broadband to build job creation.

– More and localized career/technical education and satellite campuses.

– Defend Social Security and Medicare for benefits that seniors can count on that are not subject to the “whims of Congress.”

– Training, education and recruitment for the one million new home health care workers needed by 2022.

– Support farmers with infrastructure to increase production and keep more food dollars and jobs in our region.

– Access to early childhood education; support student-debt forgiveness for grads who enter teaching or civil service careers.

– Improve water infrastructure maintenance/repairs and focus on conservation technologies.

– Oppose the privatization of the Veterans Administration system and emphasize comprehensive services to vets, and much more.

11 thoughts on “Congressional candidate Audrey Denney visits Quincy voters

  • Something seems odd about this.Her message reads more like Republican mainstream talking points than a winning Democrat campain strategy.
    Hasent she read the stuff Meg Upton publishes in this newspaper as Dem talking points of late?

    With the Dems going farther & farther to the left with every Trump tweet,by election time the Dem platform with the widest appeal might very
    well be the calling for the absolute destruction of Mankind to ‘save the planet & return it to its natural state.
    As,by election time what other message will there be thats to LEFT of that to win the day?
    Besides what else would Meg endorse?

    • Debt forgiveness, increasing access to early childhood education, opposing privatization of governmental agencies, water conservation, spending on infrastructure (especially roads and transportation), and protecting Social Security & Medicare are Republican talking points? What Republican party is this? Definitely not the one that actually exists.

      • You sign your name of the student loan forms it becomes your responsibility to pay it off. It’s that simple. No free rides at taxpayer expense.

        Those non existent “shovel Ready” projects we’re a total flop so don’t count on the Dems for infrastructure. Kids start school when the always have. What is it you really want? Free day care? No Democrat administration within my memory has done anything to secure Social Security or Medicare. Ditto the Republicans. Many California residents in the cities will soon be trying to run their houses on a measley 50 gallons of water a day. State funded water projects like Oroville Dam are failing and falling apart now asking for a federal bailout. Is this the kind of conservation you want to see?

      • You sign your name of the student loan forms it becomes your responsibility to pay it off. It’s that simple. No free rides at taxpayer expense.

        Those non existent “shovel Ready” projects we’re a total flop so don’t count on the Dems for infrastructure. Kids start school when the always have. What is it you really want? Free day care? No Democrat administration within my memory has done anything to secure Social Security or Medicare. Ditto the Republicans. Many California residents in the cities will soon be trying to run their houses on a measley 50 gallons of water a day. State funded water projects like Oroville Dam are failing and falling apart now asking for a federal bailout. Is this the kind of conservation you want to see?

  • Debt forgivness is possibly one issue that crosses the isle with equal but seperate hand-wringing & teeth gnashing.
    Last i heard the debt was over 1 trillion.
    When any money is spent on anything,the funds end-up representing something..i.e. if the overwheling ammount of that trillion ended-up representing abject failure of the programs,the students,the Univ subjects,then how does rewarding that without reforms fix anything?

    Seems the student loan raquet was doing okay untill the DEMs took over & made it govt run. So now it needs taxpayer bailouts, what does forgivness mean if all it its doing is unfairly burdening taxpayers with debt they didnt vote for,had no control over how that money was spent in the 1st place

  • Infrastructure?
    What does that include?
    Seems that Brown,s train to nowhere is a massive boondoggle thats apparently so bad the press has abandoned reporting on it.

    So is Audry talking about new projects ? Or pouring more billions into Jerry,s train to nowhere?

  • Isnt ,forgiving student loans, just political buzzspeek?
    As in reality, financially there is no such thing as debt forgivness,its just made-up swine lipstick buzzspeek for >wealth redistribution<…plain and simple.

  • Please tell your son that this race will be decided by him and his generation,” Denney replied”

    Could be. As i see just the more of the same,so no reason to think her platform will attract folks like #walkaway’s.

    The 100BILLION Dollar question is..when governanny in waiting gets power and annouces a halt to Moombeam’s train to nowherere,the final cost to payoff the envio-crowd and their lawyers,the contractors,plus the billions to scrap whats built & return everything to like it was never there…Just the lawsuits from sound of jackhammers disturbing the worms in the ground….’eventhough the jackhammer maybe leads to earthworms getting in the mood’…Newsome will probably sell the earthworm lawsuit concession for a billion…

  • My frustration with student loans is the high interest rate. My daughter was able to buy a brand new car with a far lower rate than her student loans.

    While I’m against free college educations (suck it up Bernie fans) it’s to bad we can’t see student loans as an investment in America with federally funded 1-2% interest rates. Privatizing the student loan industry has been a huge mistake given the trillion dollars in outstanding loan payments.

  • Might I remind you our vets were dying in the streets under Obama’s corrupt Veterans Administration? Given a option to seek either VA. or private healthcare is a good thing no?

  • Pandering. Just saying whatever needs to be said to get a vote. I see no evidence that she has the capacity or the experience to be effective as anything more than a foot solder for the progressives. Her solution to wildfires is to “make [things] work together”? How? Pass a law that says “[things] must work together or else?”.. Here’s a challenge Ms. Denny. Show us an idea that actually addresses problems in the legislation surrounding any issue you choose. Show us you can understand the complexities and realities of the issue and legislation. Show us you can generate and communicate a solution that is both practical, realistic. Do that, and you’ll have proven you really are a different kind of candidate.

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