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Assembly candidate Brian Dahle is taking the unusual tack of listing his cellphone number on ballot statements sent by counties to voters in the 1st Assembly District, which stretches from Modoc to Placer counties.

He did the same thing before the June primary and usually got a handful of calls each day.

"Most people were amazed that I answered the phone," said Dahle, a 46-year-old farmer, seed salesman and Lassen County supervisor who is running against fellow Republican Rick Bosetti for the newly drawn Assembly seat.

"I believe that you need to be transparent," Dahle said. "That's the way I run my life and my business."

Dahle, who is married and has three young children, said he has the cellphone take messages during "family time," but otherwise, he tries to answer calls and will return those he misses.

Most callers are polite and want to ask about his positions, Dahle said, but occasionally someone is abusive or just wants to vent.

"I'll take a few bad with a lot of good," he said.


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