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Colusa County supervisor running for Congress
Longtime rumors that Colusa County Supervisor Kim Dolbow-Vann would make a run at the state Assembly in 2012, got measurably larger this week.
Dolbow-Vann, who could not be reached for comment today, has taken out candidate papers for what will be the realigned 3rd Congressional District seat.
“The dysfunction in Washington, D.C., is preventing economic recovery,” Dolbow Vann said in a statement released today.
“We need voices of reason with real-world business experience. I’ve created jobs in the private sector, fought against regulatory hurdles that prevent job growth and helped bring higher education to a rural area. While Washington has consumed itself with petty infighting, I’ve been focused on finding solutions.”
The Arbuckle Republican is part of a four-generation farming family in Northern California.
She has been a supervisor since 2006, in a county that regularly has among the highest unemployment rates in California.
“This district faces very real policy issues that need a champion. Unemployment is as high as 20 percent. In the coming years, Congress will be voting on a Farm Bill, we’ll see another round of base closures and we are slowly but steadily losing our water supply to Southern California,”Dolbow Vann said in the statement.
“As a member of Congress, I’ll keep up my fight to reduce the regulatory roadblocks on job growth, I’ll fight to protect Travis and Beale Air Force Bases, and I’ll fight to protect our agricultural economy and our water rights.”
She is the incoming chairwoman of the Regional Council of Rural Counties, representing more than 30 small and rural counties throughout the state.
She also serves as vice chairwoman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee for the California State Association of Counties.
Adopted by the state’s redistricting commission this week, the new 3rd Congressional District includes Colusa County, parts of Glenn, Lake, Sutter, Yuba, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties.
U.S. Rep. John Giramendi, D-Walnut Creek, will be the sitting congressman at the time of the 2012 elections.
The district covers some of the most productive farmland in the state and is home to some of the most important business centers, educational institutions, national security facilities and nature preserves in the nation.
From Travis Air Force Base, the Suisun Marsh and the Fairfield Candy Cluster at its southern end, the district winds north and includes UC Davis, Beale Air Force Base and the Plumas and Mendocino national forests.
Dolbow Vann has been endorsed by U.S. Reps. Wally Herger and Jeff Denham, former Congressman Doug Ose, for whom she was once an advisor, state Sen. Doug LaMalfa and state Assemblyman Jim Nielsen – all Republicans.