Megan Dahle looks on as her husband, Brian Dahle, is sworn in as the new District 1 state senator by California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Wednesday, June 12. Megan Dahle announced her candidacy last week for the District 1 Assembly seat formerly held by her husband. Photo submitted

Megan Dahle launches campaign for state assembly

Republican Megan Dahle announced today that she will be a candidate for the First Assembly District special election to fill the seat previously held by her husband,  Assemblyman Brian Dahle, who was elected to the State Senate earlier this month.

“I’m proud to launch my campaign today with the voices and support of my family, friends, and so many great First District community leaders,” Megan Dahle said. “I’m running for Assembly to build a stronger community for all of us. Together, we will promote safer communities, support small businesses and demand excellence in education. The First District deserves the best: principled, conservative solutions to the problems we care about.”

To learn more about Megan and her campaign for State Assembly, visit VoteMeganDahle.com or Facebook.com/voteMeganAD1/.

About Megan Dahle

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My husband Brian and I have been married for over 20 years, with three amazing children who never fail to impress and motivate us every day. Chase, our oldest, studies agricultural science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Reagan is serving as the California State FFA Vice President. Roslyn, our youngest at 9 years old, lights up our home with her love of song and dance.

Brian and I are dryland wheat farmers. The wheat that we grow is processed for seed, which we sell to local farmers and wholesalers alike. As a part of our business, we run a trucking division to transport our grain across the state. Our farm has full-time employees, which has given me significant insight into the difficulty of running a business in our state.

My experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur has helped me to understand the challenges and obstacles to owning and operating a business in our state. As small business owners, we are responsible for compliance, human resources, and finances, even as the burden of over-regulation has increased the cost of doing business in California.

Until 2012, I was a co-owner of Big Valley Nursery in Bieber. My friend and I purchased the nursery from the original owner, who had run the business since its founding more than 30 years earlier. Over the next few years, we remodeled, improved the greenhouses, and expanded our inventory. We later sold the nursery to one of our employees, and it remains a thriving local business.

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I served as President of the Big Valley Joint Unified School Board for one term, where I grew my passion for rural education. I advocated for, and continue to support, access to AP and enrichment classes so that every student can achieve their full academic potential.

I am committed to our community and seeing the North State thrive once again.