By Paul Boerger
Brian Dahle, one of two Republicans on the November ballot for the newly created Assembly District 1, met supporters Monday at the Mount Shasta home of Doris and Charlie Moss.
Dahle stated his case as to why voters should choose him over opponent Rick Bosetti of Redding.
Under a new California primary law, this is the first time that the two top vote-getters advanced to the general election regardless of party preference.
The casual gathering of approximately 20 citizens saw Dahle mingle with the guests, give a brief talk with questions and a private interview.
A Bieber resident, Dahle is a third generation Lassen County farmer, married with three children. He is serving his fourth term on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors. He is also the former chairman of the Regional Council of Rural Counties.
On Monday, Oct. 1, Dahle and Bosetti are scheduled to debate at the Decision Life Church, 1301 S. Main Street in Yreka, starting at 6:30 p.m.
In a private interview, Dahle stated his positions on the following issues:
• Abortion: Pro life. He believes conception begins at birth;
• Proposition 30 tax increase: He is opposed to any new taxes;
• State Medical Marijuana Laws: State and federal law are in conflict. The federal government has a law they still have to enforce;
• California Accepting Affordable Care Act Money: He says it’s a very complicated bill and needs to look more into the issue; and
• Budget Cuts: He wants to cut the high speed rail project, stop realignment of moving state costs to the counties, pension reform and create jobs to offset revenue shortages.
Dahle spoke on a variety of issues including government regulation, partisanship, the Klamath dams, forest issues, and the campaign.
“As a supervisor, we were not partisan,” Dahle said. “Partisanship doesn’t do citizens any good. I know though that the legislature will not be like Lassen County.”
Speaking as a farmer and businessman, Dahle said regulations are “like dying from a thousand cuts.”
Dahle pointed to expensive air quality regulations for tractors and trucks, workers compensation and employee lawsuits.
“They continue to change the rules midstream,” he said. “We are going to have to put $20,000 mufflers on our equipment. It becomes risky for business people to consider growing their businesses.”
Dahle said that forest management has “taken fire out of the
“The forests are overgrown and we need thinning so the forests can handle fire,” he said.
Dahle is opposed to taking down the Klamath dams, noting the opposing scientific views on the issue and saying “it’s a matter of property rights.”
He claimed his opponent is conducting a smear campaign based in large part on inaccurate statements and distortions.
“When you have nothing to say on the issues, you talk about your opponent. It’s been a character builder to hold back,” Dahle said with a smile.
He finished his talk by saying, “I leave you with one promise. I will work as hard for you as I do for my three children I am responsible for.”
Dahle’s campaign literature states his positions on the following additional issues:
• Suspend mandates and fees that drive businesses to other states;
• Fight Sacramento’s plan to transfer water to Los Angeles;
• Enact a tough public spending cap;
• Focus on priorities like public safety, water infrastructure and good schools; and
• Protect property rights and our right to own firearms.
For more information, visit the website at www.briandahle.com.