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Lake County supervisor aims at Assembly seat
US Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, has endorsed Sutter County Supervisor James Gallagher for the 3rd Assembly District, adding his support to that of former Congressman Wally Herger, who LaMalfa replaced. Butte County farmer Ryan Schohr, also a Republican, is running for the seat as well.
Fourth District Assembly candidate Anthony Farrington has ties to Colusa County, and a family political history that links him to Abraham Lincoln.
Farrington is a Lake County supervisor, who also has a private law practice.
The Democrat announced his candidacy for the 4th Assembly District in March, a district that includes all or parts of Colusa, Yolo, Solano, Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.
In Colusa County, the district takes in the Arbuckle, College City and Williams areas.
"My work and life experience make me a unique fit for this newly drawn district." Farrington, 43, said in a statement. "My ties to each community will ensure that each community will have a strong voice."
The seat is currently held by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, who will be termed out in 2014.
A phone message and email were sent to Farrington seeking comment, but neither were returned.
Farrington was elected to the Lake County Board of Supervisors in 2001 and is the first year of his fourth term. If elected, there will be two years remaining in his county term.
He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis, and a law degree from Concord Law School.
According to campaign information, he is a former resident of Colusa County. He managed the state water rights program for the Regional Council of Rural Counties and worked as an educator prior to being elected.
He is a member for the Napa-Lake Workforce Investment board, the California State Association of Counties, and the Rural County Representatives of California.
He lists the economy, need to improve the business climate, agriculture and water as the top issues facing the district and the state.
Moreover, he favors changing the tax allocation system to give more discretion on how the funds are spent at the local levels.
"I believe that the state needs to focus on core services to the public, which include education, public safety, safeguarding our environment, and being business friendly," Farrington said in a statement.
Farringtons' great-grandfather, George M. Hanson, was an Illinois state senator and a friend of Lincoln, who appointed Hanson director of Indian Affairs during his presidency.