In­cum­bent and chal­lenger for Dis­trict 3 state Assem­bly seat

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Editor’s Note: The Ap­peal sent a sim­ple, three-ques­tion sur­vey to all area can­di­dates in con­tested races in Yuba and Sut­ter coun­ties. We will be print­ing re­sponses over the next cou­ple of weeks. An­swers are worded by can­di­dates with light edit­ing. Word lim­its were set. If you are a can­di­date in a con­tested race and you did not re­ceive this sur­vey via email, please let us know at smiller@ ap­pealdemo­crat.com.

1. Who are you? My wife, Janna, and I live in Sut­ter County, where we are rais­ing our five chil­dren. I’m an ad­vo­cate for small busi­nesses, farm­ers and the Con­sti­tu­tion in my law prac­tice and am a part­ner in my fam­ily’s farm­ing op­er­a­tion. I was elected to the state Leg­is­la­ture in 2014. Prior to that I served on the Sut­ter County Board of Su­per­vi­sors.

2. What makes you the best can­di­date? I think if peo­ple look at my record, they’ll see that I am prin­ci­pled in my be­liefs, a de­fender of free­dom, and that I am re­lent­less in fight­ing for the peo­ple I rep­re­sent. De­spite be­ing in the mi­nor­ity down in Sacramento, I’ve still found ways to get re­sults and pass leg­is­la­tion to help the North State.

3. What top pri­or­i­ties would you cham­pion, if elected? 1. Re-open our economy and schools safely. 2. Fight against cor­rupt gov­ern­ment to make sure the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests are pri­or­i­tized. This in­cludes re­peal­ing AB 5, pro­tect­ing

Prop 13 and holding bu­reau­cra­cies like PG&E and DWR ac­count­able. 3. Fires have rav­aged sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties in my dis­trict. We have al­ready se­cured mil­lions of dol­lars in re­lief to help peo­ple re­cover and re­build. But I will not rest un­til the job is done. I will lead the charge in Cal­i­for­nia to clean up lands that have been ne­glected over the past 40 years to help pre­vent th­ese dev­as­tat­ing fires.

1. Who are you? Jim Hen­son has lived in Butte County for most of his life. He grad­u­ated in 2003 from CSU Chico, with a B.A. de­gree, has worked in both Chico and Par­adise, and served in a va­ri­ety of non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

He is chair of

Par­adise Ridge Demo­cratic Club. In 2018, Jim lost his fam­ily home to the Camp Fire.

2. What makes you the best can­di­date? First,

Jim would sup­port leg­is­la­tion in ed­u­ca­tion, hu­man rights, health care, the en­vi­ron­ment, and agri­cul­ture for which his op­po­nent has al­ready been given an “F” by a num­ber of watch­dog groups.

Sec­ond, Jim has re­fused to take cor­po­rate con­tri­bu­tions. He is em­pow­ered by and for the peo­ple. Fi­nally, un­like his op­po­nent,

Jim rec­og­nizes the need to fol­low public health sci­ence to con­trol coronaviru­s and re­duce the cases of in­fec­tion and mor­tal­ity rates that con­tinue to spike.

3. What top pri­or­i­ties would you cham­pion, if elected? Jim will pri­or­i­tize all the peo­ple of Assem­bly Dis­trict 3 as each per­son is wor­thy of honor and re­spect for who they are, not just for what they can do.

He will help the un­em­ployed and un­der­em­ployed, the sick, unin­sured, the un­housed, and the hun­gry. Ed­u­ca­tion is a pri­or­ity. He will work to in­crease the num­ber of chil­dren grad­u­at­ing, and en­rolling in higher ed­u­ca­tion and trades.

Cli­mate change needs to be taken on, and green new jobs in for­est man­age­ment and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy will boost all of our lives in this dis­trict.

Jim Hen­son

James Gal­lagher

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