The sprawling district north of Sacramento is solidly Republican, and with incumbent Dan Logue, R-Marysville, running for Congress, the race appears to be between Gallagher, a Sutter County supervisor from a longstanding farming family, and Ryan Schohr, another Republican with roots in the region's agricultural community.
The conservative California Republican Assembly backed Gallagher at its convention this past weekend, citing his "core conservative principles."
He also received an endorsement last week from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The powerful anti-tax group seldom gets involved in intraparty primary races.
"I am excited to receive the endorsement of such a respected taxpayer organization," Gallagher said in a statement. "I'm humbled that they have recognized my work on the Board of Supervisors and my commitment to protect taxpayers from government waste and abuse."
Schohr, a farmer who serves on the Butte County Water Commission, said he is "not a politician or a bureaucrat," so he has not been seeking out those statewide endorsements.
"I've got the support of hundreds of families and farmers and business owners in the district," he said. "I've got a record of fighting taxes and wasteful spending and harmful regulations... I'm happy to work with anybody who has those same conservative ideals."
Gallagher and Schohr also face Democrat Jim Reed in the June primary.
PHOTO: Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, works on the Assembly floor on February 8, 2010.