Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nielsen backs LaMalfa, will run for his seat

From Assemblyman Jim Nielsen:
Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R - Gerber) today announced his endorsement and strong support for State Senator Doug LaMalfa of Richvale to succeed Congressman Wally Herger in the United States House of Representatives. Herger announced his retirement from the House of Representatives Tuesday morning in Chico.

Nielsen also expressed his intention to seek election to the State Senate when LaMalfa is elected to the House of Representatives. LaMalfa announced his endorsement of Assemblyman Nielsen to succeed him in the State Senate.

"Doug LaMalfa is an extraordinary representative for the people of the Northstate and will take to Washington his experience as a family farmer and businessman, as an effective advocate for taxpayers and small businesses and for our conservative values. I am proud to endorse Senator Doug LaMalfa for the US House of Representatives and will work tirelessly for his election," said Nielsen.

If Senator Doug LaMalfa is successfully elected to the House of Representatives, the governor would be required to call a special election to fill the unexpired term to which LaMalfa was elected in 2010.

"I'm honored to have Senator LaMalfa's endorsement to succeed him in representing northern California in the State Senate. Continuing the work we have done together for our constituents is extremely important to both of us. Working closely with Senator LaMalfa, we have fought effectively for taxpayers and farmers, for our veterans and for our water, and against the burdens of an over-reaching state government. I look forward to carrying on those efforts in the State Senate," stated Nielsen.

"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," concluded Nielsen.

A leading voice for California farmers and agriculture, Nielsen was raised on a small farm and graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business. After college, Jim Nielsen first worked as a ranch foreman; then founded a company that utilized rice hulls and rice straw for fuel; and operated his family's cattle ranch.

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