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Sen. Brian Dahle gets GOP nod for next California governor


State Sen. Brian Dahle (District 1) has been endorsed for governor by the California Republican Party on the final day of its three-day 2022 Convention in Anaheim.

Dahle surpassed the 60 percent threshold needed on the fifth round of voting, receiving 545 votes from delegates, 61.1 percent of the vote, to 310, 34.8 percent for Anthony Trimino, with 37 delegates, 4.1 percent voting for no endorsement.

Lancaster Deputy Mayor Angela Underwood Jacobs received the endorsement for lieutenant governor. Stanford University professor and policy advisor Lanhee Chen was endorsed for state controller.

“I’m honored to receive the official @CAGOP endorsement,” Dahle tweeted. “I’m both humbled and grateful.”

Entrepreneur Jenny Rae Le Roux was eliminated from consideration after she finished last on the first ballot. Shawn Collins, a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps, was eliminated after finishing last on the second ballot.

To be eligible for an endorsement, the candidate was required to obtain nominations for endorsement from at least 200 delegates by March 23 and be continuously registered as a Republican residing in California for at least one year before the start of the convention.

There are 13 Republican gubernatorial candidates on the June 7 primary ballot, along with four Democrats, including Gov. Gavin Newsom; seven no party preference voters; and two Green Party members, all seeking the two spots on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

On his campaign’s website, Dahle describes himself as “a voice for public safety, lowering taxes, and reducing homelessness, opponent of “onerous government regulations that are driving up the cost of living, forcing many to leave California and businesses to shutter their doors” and “a longtime advocate of building a better business climate in California.”

Dahle was a member of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors for 16 years before being elected to the Assembly in 2012. He won a special election in 2019 to fill the Senate seat vacated by Ted Gaines, who resigned after being elected to the California State Board of Equalization.

There were endorsements made in three other contested statewide races. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Nathan Hochman defeated attorney Eric Early to win the endorsement in the attorney general’s race, constitutional attorney Mark Meuser topped chiropractor Cordie Williams for the endorsement in the Senate race and education policy executive Lance Christensen was endorsed for superintendent of public instruction over software architect George Yang.