Election 2010: Logue win continues 36-year GOP reign in Assembly Dist. 3 | SierraSun.com

Election 2010: Logue win continues 36-year GOP reign in Assembly Dist. 3

Michelle Rindels
Sun News Service

NEVADA/PLACER COUNTY, Calif. and#8212; Republican Dan Logue’s plan to suspend global warming rules with Prop. 23 fell flat, but the incumbent’s bid for Assembly was smooth sailing.

Logue handily beat Mickey Harrington, a Butte County Democrat, and Gary Bryant, a Grass Valley Libertarian. Assembly District 3 has been in Republican hands since 1974, and covers Nevada, Yuba, Sierra, Lassen and Plumas counties, as well as portions of Sutter and Placer counties.

and#8220;It’s all about jobs, and people are demanding that we bring back the economic prosperity,and#8221; said Logue, 60, as the election results rolled in.

The Assembly consists of 80 seats, and members can have up to three two-year terms. During his second term, Logue said one of his major roles will be organizing a watchdog group to curb what he sees as over-regulation.

Harrington, a 71-year-old labor organizer, struggled with health problems in the height of the campaign and#8212; he had triple-bypass heart surgery in mid-October.

Running again is still a possibility, albeit a distant one.

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and#8220;They’re going to do some redistricting,and#8221; he said. and#8220;It’s tough for anyone to run when you’ve got a very unbalanced electorate.and#8221;

Libertarian Gary Bryant, a Grass Valley contractor, said he was impressed by his showing in the election.

and#8220;Oh, my lord, this is great,and#8221; he said, noting he had spent less than $2,000 on a third-party campaign he ran almost single-handedly.

Bryant, 49, decided to run in February when nobody stepped up from the Libertarian party, a group that opposes most forms of government intervention.

Logue’s victory is a triumph for some Libertarian ideology.

and#8220;He and I are very similar. Hopefully, things can get more resolved,and#8221; Bryant said. and#8220;I hope he steals my ideas.and#8221;