By Debra Moore
Following the 2020 Census, congressional district lines have been redrawn and Plumas County will no longer be part of the 1st Congressional District following this year’s election. Plumas County will join neighbors to the east and south and become part of the 3rd Congressional District.
There is no incumbent running for the third district. John Garamendi had represented the Third District, but now he’s in the 8th District following the post Census changes, and Tom McClintock, had represented portions of the third district before the lines were redrawn, but now he is in the 5th. Confused yet?
What’s important to know is that moving forward Plumas County will be part of the Third District, which includes all of Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties. It also includes parts of El Dorado County and Yuba County, as well as the Folsom area of Sacramento County.
So who will be Plumas County’s next congressman? It won’t be Doug LaMalfa, who is running to retain his seat in the First Congressional District. To date, two candidates have announced their candidacies: Democrat Dr. Kermit Jones and Republican Kevin Kiley. Brief bios of both candidates are shared below. Kiley may be familiar to some in the area as he ran against Brian Dahle in the special race for state senate in 2019.
In the state districts, Plumas County remains in the 1st Senate District (represented by Brian Dahle) and the 1st Assembly District (represented by Megan Dahle).
The primary will be held June 7 and the General Election will be held Nov. 8.
The following biographies are from the candidates.
Dr. Kermit Jones
A doctor, Navy veteran, and lawyer, Dr. Kermit Jones was raised on a small farm in South Haven, Michigan, where he learned the importance of family, community and hard work.
As a practicing physician, Kermit has put his health care expertise to work, treating over 20,000 patients in rural areas, inner cities and overseas. He advocates for patients’ rights and ensures that all people receive high-quality medical care. When his mom, a nurse, was diagnosed with lung cancer, Kermit experienced firsthand many of our health care system’s biggest problems, like runaway prescription drug prices and unequal access to care. These experiences motivated him to run for Congress to ensure that no one is denied access to affordable, personalized health care. With the COVID-19 pandemic deepening the disparities in our health care system, Kermit believes that now is the time to create a system that truly puts patients first.
After our nation was attacked on September 11th, Kermit joined the Navy. While deployed in Iraq, he served as the Navy Physician for a Marine helicopter squadron, caring for U.S. Service Members and members of the community and ensuring that injured troops returned home safely. After returning from Iraq, Kermit served as a White House fellow in the Obama administration, where he had the opportunity to work on veterans’ health issues and make our health care system more accessible to everyone.
Kermit is running for Congress because he believes we need leaders who will put aside political games and focus on tackling the roots of our problems – whether it’s making sure that every American has access to high quality health care and prescription drugs, combating the climate change that is causing out of control wildfires, or taking care of the veterans who are dealing with mental health, housing and other serious issues.
For Kermit, it’s not about partisan politics, it’s about helping people. He’s never asked one of his patients if they are a Democrat or a Republican. Far too many D.C. politicians have forgotten what Kermit has learned from many years working alongside nurses, fellow U.S. service members, and community leaders: that American democracy means we’re all in this together. In Congress, Kermit plans to lead the same way he practices medicine – by listening, making evidence-based decisions, and putting people first.
Kermit has been a physician in northern California for the last four years, and lives there with his wife, a nurse practitioner, and two sons.
Kevin Kiley was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016 and has twice been reelected by substantial margins. In the 2020 election, he received more votes than any Republican in California history.
The son of a Special Education teacher, Kevin began his career as a high school teacher in inner-city Los Angeles, where he chaired the English Department and led his students to significant academic gains.
Later as an attorney, Kevin defended the U.S. Constitution in California courts and helped prosecute the civil case against China’s Huawei Technologies for intellectual property theft. He left private practice to become a prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General, representing the People of California in cases against violent felons. In November of 2020, Kevin and fellow legislator James Gallagher made use of their legal training by winning a trial against Governor Newsom for violating the separation of powers.
In five years in the Legislature, Kevin has authored groundbreaking new laws on freedom of speech, artificial intelligence, privacy, criminal justice reform, and protections for sexual assault victims, along with introducing the most significant school choice legislation in recent years. For his work advancing economic freedom, in 2020 he was named the national Legislator of the Year by the Association of Independent Workers.
Each year in the Legislature, Kevin has declined the per diem allowance, giving up $40,000 in income annually. He also declined a pay raise granted to the Governor and Legislature in 2021, and he has introduced legislation to end special perks like a private DMV office that is available exclusively to state lawmakers and their staff.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale, and a master’s in secondary education from Loyola Marymount. He has also served as an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law.