Republican Megan Dahle claimed a relatively easy victory in yesterday’s election to fill the vacant Assembly District 1 seat in the Legislature, garnering 57.9 percent of the vote to top Democrat challenger Elizabeth Betancourt, who conceded the race late in the evening on Nov. 5.
Dahle is a former school board member, serving a term as board president of Big Valley Joint USD, a small school district in Lassen County. She is the wife of Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), who vacated the Assembly District 1 seat in June when he was elected to the Senate District 1 seat, replacing Ted Gaines.
Assembly District 1, generally considered to be a safely Republican district, covers parts of Placer and Butte counties and all of Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.
With Megan Dahle’s election to the Assembly, the 80-member chamber will now stand at 61 Democrats and 19 Republicans, while the 40-member Senate remains 29 Democrats and 11 Republicans, still constituting a super-majority for Democrats in both houses.
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