Jan 182010

If I remember correctly, he had endorsed Doug LaMalfa previously. I have seen a few other such occurrences recently in that district.

It makes you wonder if it is LaMalfa’s performances or Rick Keene’s that is inspiring this transition – I’d hazard a guess that a lot of Placer’s Local electeds didn’t even know Doug LaMalfa before they endorsed him.

5 months to go folks – and it is getting fun already.

(Chico) – Earning yet another endorsement from an influential North State leader, the campaign of Rick Keene for Senate today announced that Keene has received the endorsement from Del Norte County’s chief law enforcement officer Sheriff Dean Wilson, following a recent campaign visit to the region.

“Rick Keene has demonstrated his commitment to keeping our communities safe and supporting law enforcement and other public safety agencies,” said Sheriff Wilson.  “No one has been better or stronger on our issues than he has.  Rick Keene was born in Del Norte County, he fully understands our particular issues as a rural, coastal community.  I know he is prepared to be an outstanding advocate for our region.”

In the Assembly, Keene was instrumental in negotiating the essential elements of Proposition 1A the Protection of Local Government Revenues Act of 2004, this significantly curtailed the state’s ability to raid local funds and enforce unfunded mandates – which always resulted in reductions in law enforcement services funding.

Keene stated, “I am humbled to have earned the endorsement and support of respected law enforcement professionals like Sheriff Dean Wilson.  I sincerely appreciate the hard work our Sheriffs and the men and women of law enforcement do to keep us safe.  I appreciate his support and I will stand strong for Del Norte County in the Senate.”

A North State native, Keene was born in Crescent City and grew up in the rural town of Hayfork and worked his way through college driving a forklift at night.  After college graduation, he worked as a driver for UPS for 9 years, while attending law school at night.  Keene practiced law in the Chico area for 15 years before being elected to the California State Assembly where he served for six years.  Rick Keene, his wife Janice and their five children make their home in Chico.

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