Some are calling it the Herger Tsunami. It hit Tuesday of last week and shifted the political landscape in far northern California. One of its effects is a decision by Siskiyou County Supervisor Michael Kobseff to consider a run for California Assembly in the new District 1 that will have no incumbent this election year.

Some are calling it the Herger Tsunami. It hit Tuesday of last week and shifted the political landscape in far northern California.

One of its effects is a decision by Siskiyou County Supervisor Michael Kobseff to consider a run for California Assembly in the new District 1 that will have no incumbent this election year.

Kobseff said last week that he is “putting together a committee to assess our viability in an Assembly campaign.”

“I love serving the people of Siskiyou County, and I’m not looking to abandon what I’m doing now,”?Kobseff said. “Senator LaMalfa and Assemblyman Nielsen “have provided strong leadership, and I?want to make sure Siskiyou County continues to be represented well.”
Kobseff’s District 3 seat on the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to run through 2014.
Wally Herger’s announcement during a press conference in Chico on Jan. 10 that he will not be running for a 14th term in the House of Representatives was the first jolt to hit last week.
At the same time, Herger announced that he had asked current State Senator Doug LaMalfa to run for that seat in Congress, and LaMalfa had agreed.

Also on Jan. 10, Siskiyou County’s current Assembly member, Jim Nielsen, sent out a press release saying he will seek the State Senate seat LaMalfa now holds.

Because of redistricting, Nielsen had been planning to run for Assembly in the new District 3, which does not include Siskiyou County.

Current District 3 Assembly member Dan Logue, who had previously announced his candidacy in the new District 1 that does include Siskiyou County, said by press release on Jan. 10 that he has changed his mind and will instead run in the new District 3.

Two days later LaMalfa held his own press conference to officially announce his candidacy for the House seat Herger is leaving.

Herger, LaMalfa, Nielsen, Logue, and Kobseff are all Republicans.

Nielsen explained in his release that if LaMalfa is elected to the House of Representatives in November 2012, the governor would be required to call a special election to fill the unexpired term to which LaMalfa was elected in 2010.

“I have also decided not to seek reelection to the State Assembly because of the enormous expense to taxpayers that yet another special election to fill my seat would require,” Nielsen said in the release.

“Redistricting has caused many changes in the North State,” Logue stated in his Jan. 10 release, “but it has been my privilege to represent the residents of Third Assembly District for these past four years and I look forward to continuing to do so. I have had to examine where my strengths are and where I can be most effective for the North State by continuing to serve in the Third Assembly District seat.”

Republican Rick Bosetti, a Redding City Council member, has announced his candidacy for the District 1 Assembly seat.

Kobseff, Democrat Robert Meacher, a Plumas County Supervisor; and businessman Charley Hooper of Grass Valley are listed as probable candidates on the website:?aroundthecapitol.com

Others who have announced their candidacy for the Congress seat long held by Herger include Democrat Jim Reed, a lawyer from Fall River Mills; retired Air Force Col. Pete Stiglich of Cottonwood, a Republican; and Republican Gregory Cheadle, a 54-year-old real estate broker from Happy Valley.