Currently, he represents the rural northeast corner of the state in the Senate.
In an announcement streamed online, Sen. Brian Dahle faulted the state’s dominant Democratic Party for a decaying quality of life, rising crime rates and an unchecked homelessness crisis. Republicans haven’t won a statewide race in the heavily Democratic state since 2006 and Dahle acknowledged the long odds against him, calling his run against Newsom a “David versus Goliath” challenge.
Here are some quick facts about Dahle:
- He was born Sep. 20, 1965 in Redding.
- He lives in Bieber, Calif., with his wife Megan Dahle.
- He has three children.
- Dahle and his wife have a wheat farm and a related seed grain transport business in Bieber.
- He was on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors for 16 years before being elected to the State Assembly in 2012.
- In 2019, Dahle defeated fellow Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley in a special election for California’s vacant District 1 Senate seat.
- He is on multiple committees including: education, transportation and environmental quality.
- He is currently vice-chair of the energy, utilities & communications committee.
According to the Associated Press, Dahle will be one of the first Republicans to publicly challenge Newsom since his decisive victory in a recall election just five months ago. California Democrats hold every statewide office, a nearly 2-to-1 edge in voter registrations over the GOP and dominate the congressional delegation and the Legislature.