Nov. 13, 2018 – -California Assembly Republicans elected a new leader, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron of Escondido, who said the minority party needs to take action to end its decline. Waldron takes over as Assembly Republican leader from Assemblyman Brian Dahle of Bieber, who is stepping down from the role to run for a state Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Ted Gaines, who was elected to the state Board of Equalization on Tuesday.

“As a caucus and as a party we need to seriously consider why our party continues to decline,” Waldron said in a statement. “We need an aggressive, new approach to message our values, strengthen, grow and expand our party and our caucus as we stand for hardworking Californians. I look forward to leading this effort.”

Waldron, who was elected to the Assembly in 2012, co-owns a custom screen-printing and apparel business with her husband in Escondido. She served for 14 years on the Escondido City Council and also has served as deputy mayor in Escondido.