Congressional candidate LaMalfa announces State Senate resignation
Republican State Senator and House of Representatives candidate Doug LaMalfa announced Friday afternoon that he will resign from the State Senate, effective upon the adjournment of Friday's session.
He said his decision will allow a special primary election to fill his seat to be consolidated with the November General Election, saving taxpayers at least $2 million.
LaMalfa is a candidate for the 1st District Congressional seat long held by Wally Herger. LaMalfa called serving the north state in the State Senate a "tremendous honor" and one that prepared him for representing the area in Congress.
"With the 2012 session now over, most of the State Senate's business for the year is done. I've thrown my hat over the fence and am taking nothing for granted in my campaign for Congress, but I do not feel it would be right to wait until the end of the year to resign from the Senate. Resigning now gives the Governor the ability to consolidate elections, saving local counties and taxpayers at least $2 million," said LaMalfa, who will be giving up his salary and benefits early.