North Auburn, Auburn to vote for different congressional candidates

State Sen. Doug LaMalfa gets Wally Herger support in 1st District run
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A newly revised congressional district in rural Northern California that will take in North Auburn in the June 6 primary is guaranteed to have a new representative. U.S. Rep. Wally Herger announced his retirement from the House of Representatives last Tuesday and will leave office when the new two-year term for the 1st District begins Jan. 7, 2013. Herger was slated to run for a 14th two-year term before deciding to retire to spend more time with his family. Herger, R-Chico, wasted little time in endorsing a candidate to succeed him, joining supporters at a press conference announcing state Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, would run for the seat. North Auburn is currently part of District 4, represented by U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove. But redistricting boundaries approved last fall now will place voters in North Auburn in the 1st District. City of Auburn residents remain as District 4 constituents. LaMalfa, a rice farmer, said his campaign will focus on protecting and expanding job opportunities in timber, mining, water, farm and ranching industries, while reducing spending and waste in government. “Crushing environmental regulations and rules need to be brought into balance with the real-life needs of people,” LaMalfa said. “I have believed for some time now that Washington is out of touch with Americans and especially with those of us lucky enough to live in the rural North State and rural America.” LaMalfa’s state senate district covers much of the same territory as the 1st congressional district. District 1 takes in all of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama counties, plus parts of Placer, Nevada and Glenn counties. District 4, which includes all of the city of Auburn, also includes all of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono and Tuolumne counties.