Democrat announces bid for Congressional 1st District seat

Audrey Denney (D-Chico) announced her candidacy for California’s 1st Congressional District. Photo submitted

Audrey Denney (D-Chico) announced her candidacy for California’s 1st Congressional District, currently held by Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale).

Denney has a history in agriculture, education and nonprofit leadership. Growing up on a family farm and ranch in Central California, she said she embodies the rural values of responsibility, hard work and community. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agricultural Education from California State University Chico, and taught agriculture at Chico State for nearly six years.

Denney is the president of the board of Cristosal, an internationally renowned human rights organization based in Central America and is in her third year as a Senior Learning Designer at Vivayic where she designs learning strategy and curriculum for worldwide agricultural organizations.

Denney moved to Chico almost 15 years ago, and fell in love with the North State. “The North State quickly became my home — the genuine people and the natural beauty can’t be beat — and it’s why we deserve leadership that’s as good as our people, someone who will actively fight for our needs and concerns in Washington,” Denney said.


She said partisan politics have become a sad distraction from bringing people together and finding a way forward as a community, a region and a nation.

“Politics in America is changing, and voters realize we need more powerful leaders. Districts believed to be guaranteed incumbent victories are now open to challenge. Excellent Democrats previously served District 1, and it’s time to return to better leadership,” said Denney. “This campaign is about real people who live here in the first district, and the real issues you face. I want to listen to you, to understand your fears and your hopes, and to create solutions together that support you and your families.”

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Quincy resident Marty Walters has previously announced her candidacy for the 1st Congressional District.