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Election 2020: 3 questions for Elizabeth Betancourt, Megan Dahle in California Assembly race

Jessica Skropanic
Redding Record Searchlight

North State voters will decide Nov. 3 in a rematch of the 2019 race for California Assembly District 1 between Elizabeth Betancourt and Megan Dahle.

Dahle is running for re-election and a first full two-year term against opponent Betancourt.

District 1 encompasses the northeast corner of the state and includes part or all of nine counties: Shasta, Siskiyou, Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra.

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

Elizabeth Betancourt

Elizabeth Betancourt

Why are you running for office? (50 words)

Our rural region hasn’t received investment in about 40 years. We’re struggling, and it’s to the point where we’ll have a hard time bouncing back from this recession. I’m running to bring renewed investment, effectively advocating for our rural communities through innovation, cutting red tape, and working directly with you.

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

I show up for my community and am accessible to all those I hope to represent. I’m transparent in my policy positions. I have the experience and relationships necessary to be effective. For 20 years I’ve worked on forest and water issues, protecting rural resources for our communities and culture.

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

  1. Forest and watershed health: To protect from catastrophic wildfire, preserve our water supply, and ensure a vibrant rural economy. I advocate for increased investment, streamlining restoration permitting, and the inclusion of biomass energy for climate resilience.
  2. Economy and jobs: Expand housing options for everyone, ensuring all communities are able to accommodate their population. Invest in infrastructure, including biomass energy facilities, for good-paying jobs and sustainable economic growth.
  3. Education and healthcare: Improve access and options through building on existing successes: expanding the bachelors programs at community colleges and access to non-profit community health centers throughout our communities. Opportunity is essential.

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Assemblywoman Megan Dahle, R-Bieber

Megan Dahle

Why are you running for office? (50 words)

I am running for office to create a stronger and safer North State. One-size-fits-all policies out of Sacramento don’t work for our community. Over the past seven months my team has helped thousands of constituents on a myriad of issues and I plan to continue to do the work of the people.

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

My opponent supports sanctuary state policies, the green new deal, eroding Prop. 13, and opposes building Sites Reservoir. I’m a conservative small-business owner born and raised in the North State whos understands what it takes to create jobs. I stand behind public safety, support the Second Amendment and am pro-life. 

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

  1. Forestry management: We must clear out our forests. That means loggers and equipment working. We need to fire-safe our communities, put in shaded fuel breaks in the forest, reduce ladder fuels, reduce tree density, open up the crown and canopies.
  2. Small businesses recovery: We need to support our local businesses through this difficult time as they safely reopen. 
  3. Broadband: We need greater investment and prioritization for areas of the North State that have no connectivity.This is a problem when it comes to distance learning, working from home, emergency evacuations, and attracting families to move to the North State. 

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.