SUBSCRIBE NOW

Election 2020: 3 questions for Audrey Denney, Doug LaMalfa in North State congressional race

Jessica Skropanic
Redding Record Searchlight

North State voters have until Election Day, Nov. 3 to choose who will represent them in Congress.

Two candidates are running for the job in California's Congressional District 1: Democratic challenger Audrey Denney, who for a second time faces Republican incumbent Doug LaMalfa. 

The district includes part or all of 11 counties in northeastern California: Shasta, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Tehama, Butte, Plumas, Sierra, Glenn, Placer and Nevada.

The Record Searchlight asked the candidates three questions about their campaigns. Their responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Audrey Denney

Audrey Denney 

Why are you running for office? (50 words)

I’m tired of self-serving career politicians playing partisan games that are making life harder for working-class Americans. I want to be part of a new generation of public servants that will stand up to both parties when they are wrong and work to find actual solutions. 

Officials:Record voter turnout in Shasta County among reasons Election 2020 is different

What sets you apart from your opponents? (50 words)

Rep. LaMalfa’s record demonstrates that he either doesn’t understand — or doesn’t care to understand — the complex nature of problems we face. I will look at the root causes of our issues, listen to the stakeholders and implement solutions that do the most good for the most people in CA-01.

What are the three most critical issues and why? (100 words)

Economic recovery, forest health and fire prevention, and rural healthcare:

  1. Economic recovery from COVID: CA-01’s unemployment rate doubled since 2018. People are struggling to put food on their tables. We need a leader investing in economic recovery with solutions like enhancing rural broadband and investing in CTE.
  2. Forest health and fire prevention: Six of California’s largest ever fires have occurred this year, most in our part of the world. We are losing lives, homes and livelihoods. We need bold action on the federal level to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration to reduce risks.
  3. Rural healthcare. It’s essential we all have access to affordable, quality care.

Others are reading:Prison, nine election losses don't stop Redding man from seeking public office

Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

Why are you running for office? (50 words)

I am running to serve North State citizens. My focus is on protecting your individual liberty and freedom from a government that often doesn’t care about the rules it creates and the damage it does. We must return the North State to economic prosperity and bring jobs and opportunity back.

What sets you apart from your opponents? (50 words)

Experience, connection with the district, and a focus on common sense is what sets me apart from my opponent. I’ve cut your taxes, she wants to raise them. She supports the radical green new deal proposed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while I support eliminating burdensome regulations.

2020 election guide:What you should know before you vote in Shasta County

What are the three most critical issues and why? (100 words)

  1. Forestry: We must thin our federal forests to build a local economy and to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires. For too long lawsuits and bureaucracy have prevented the work that must be done to protect our communities and bring back jobs. 
  2. Water: Water is the lifeblood of the North State and we must protect it to make sure agriculture and our communities have what they need. We must have more water storage, like Sites Reservoir.
  3. Reopening our economy and beating coronavirus: We have to get back to work and rebuild our economy, that means beating this virus too.

Jessica Skropanic is a features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers science, arts, social issues and entertainment stories. Follow her on Twitter @RS_JSkropanic and on Facebook. Join Jessica in the Get Out! Nor Cal recreation Facebook group. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today. Thank you.