Incumbent Republican Assemblymen Jim Nielsen and Dan Logue formally launched campaigns against each other Wednesday for the 12-county state Senate seat that incumbent Doug LaMalfa is vacating.
Nielsen and Logue will butt heads for the predominantly Republican 4th Senate District that winds through Yuba, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Del Norte, Nevada, Placer, Shasta and Siskiyou counties. The winner will serve the remaining two years in LaMalfa's term.
LaMalfa, R-Richvale, announced last week that he will resign the state Senate seat so that a special election to fill it can be consolidated with the Nov. 6 general election. Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to announce the election date, however.
LaMalfa is running for the congressional seat of Republican Wally Herger and is considered a shoo-in in the heavily GOP district.
Logue's announcement that he will seek LaMalfa's Senate seat means that he will run for two legislative positions in November the Marysville lawmaker's name already is on the ballot to retain his Assembly post.
If he wins both races, Logue said, he will resign his Assembly seat and a special election will be held.
If he loses the Senate race but gets re-elected as an assemblyman, however, Logue said he will continue in that post.
Nielsen, of Gerber, opted not to retain his Assembly post this year.
Both Nielsen and Logue have served in the Assembly for four years. Nielsen previously served in the state Senate from 1978-90.
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