GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — The landscape of California politics continues to shift along redrawn fault lines.
Dan Logue (R-Lake Wildwood) will no longer represent Nevada County and California's northern mountainous region, instead has decided to shift his focus to representing valley communities.
Despite announcing last November that he would run for Assembly District 1, Logue confirmed Wednesday he had changed his mind and will run for the District 3 seat in the 2012 election.
District 1 includes Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta, Siskiyou and Modoc counties, along with approximately half of Butte County. District 3 is composed of Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba counties and the other portion of Butte County.
Logue said his intentions changed when Congressman Wally Herger (R-Chico) declared he will retire, causing a shake-up in Northern California politics.
State Senator Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) soon declared his intention to run for Herger's seat in Washington, D.C. and many in the state assembly have their eye on LaMalfa's current seat.
Jim Nielsen (R-Chico), the current representative for California's 2nd Assembly District, was expected to run for the 3rd Assembly District in November, but pulled out in anticipation of running for the state senate seat that LaMalfa will vacate if elected to Congress.
“Working closely with Senator LaMalfa, we have fought effectively for taxpayers and farmers, for our veterans and for our water, and against the burdens of an over-reaching state government,” Nielsen said in a news release, after LaMalfa declared his intentions last week. “I look forward to carrying on those efforts in the State Senate."
In the same release, Nielsen said he would not run re-election to the Assembly.
"I have decided not to seek reelection to the State Assembly because of the enormous expense to taxpayers that yet another special election to fill my Assembly seat would require,” he said.
Thus, Logue said he decided to “stay put” in District 3.
“Initially, I decided to run for District 1 because Nielsen and I were drawn into the same district, but now District 3 is wide open,” he said.
Logue was born and raised in the Sacramento valley and is familiar with the prominent agricultural issues affecting the district, such as costs of irrigation, water storage issues and the need for jobs, he said.
However, he vowed to continue to work for mountain communities by advocating for a relaxation of some of the restrictions imposed on the timber industry, which once thrived in the foothills region.
“I will continue to fight for Nevada County and I vow to stop the assault on rural California,” he said. “I will miss that community and it is a bittersweet pill for me.”
Logue said he also has his eye on the State Senate seat that will open up should LaMalfa emerge victorious. Logue currently resides in Lake Wildwood, but also has a residence in Chico, he said.
Brian Dahle (R-Susanville) declared his intention Wednesday to run for the District 1 Assembly seat. To date, Dahle, who Lassen County Supervisor, is the only candidate who has announced his intention to run for that seat.
Logue said he may endorse a candidate for District 1, but for now, he will “wait and see what happens.”