Redding, CA June 6, 2018 – Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and a Democratic candidate for California Assembly District 1, made a strong showing in the June 5 primary. Returns indicate broad support across the sprawling rural district.
“People are ready to have different kinds of thinkers representing them,” said Chief Sisk. “I’m not the typical candidate, and I think voters are not afraid to try something new to shrink the gap between the rich and the extreme poor—many of whom are children.”
If elected in November, Chief Sisk will be the first Native American woman in the state legislature, and the first woman to represent the northeastern region since 1976. Assembly District 1 extends from the Oregon border to Lake Tahoe, and includes the counties of Shasta, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Nevada, Plumas and Sierra, and parts of Placer County and Butte County.
“I am honored by the show of support from Assembly District 1 voters,” said Chief Sisk. “My campaign got a late start, filing to run just two days before the deadline, but we raised nearly $20,000 before the primary.”
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Endorsements received by Chief Sisk include the California Federation of Labor, the Redding Rancheria Tribal Council, Yocha Dehe Wintun Tribal Council, the Democratic Women and Friends Club of Shasta County, and Evolve CA.
“This election is so significant for all of our district residents,” said Chief Sisk. “We need jobs, education, healthcare, and leadership on our environmental issues. I’m looking forward to meeting people in all the nine counties as I travel around to hear what their communities need most.”