REDDING, CA – December 18 – Dr. PK “Paul” Dhanuka, a top doctor in Redding. announced today his candidacy for California Assembly, District 1.

Running as No Party Preference, Dr. Dhanuka will forgo the two-party system in an effort to unite local communities to finally give the Northstate a true voice in Sacramento. Dr. Dhanuka’s top priorities will be ending homelessness, protecting against wildfires and bringing jobs and economic opportunity back to Northern California, as well as reducing high healthcare costs and lack of access to health care--two issues crippling rural California.

“I am running as an independent because it is time for our community to be united by a non- partisan candidate who is passionate about the Constitution’s protection of the natural rights of each individual,” Dr. Dhanuka said. “I’ll work to solve homelessness, reduce healthcare costs, fight for the resources we need to protect against wildfires and bring jobs and training to our community.”

Dr. Dhanuka serves the Northstate as Chief of Medical Staff at Mercy Medical Center. He is a naturalized citizen, immigrating from India 23 years ago, and has lived in Redding for 14 years with his wife, also a physician, and their children. He has started multiple health care facilities which have helped more than 100,000 patients in the area.

Dr. Dhanuka believes strongly in the promise of America and its rule of law. He believes the value of hard work and wants to make government more efficient. “People need help, but more than that they need opportunity,” Dhanuka said. “As a predominantly rural district under a two-party system, our interests are often overlooked in favor of the party line that divides and distracts us from our real needs. We must return control of our lives back to those who know best: the people of the Northstate.”

Dr. Dhanuka concluded: “Sacramento has failed the Northstate, leaving us vulnerable to wildfires, strangling any hope of economic opportunity with burdensome regulations and taxes and not only overlooking homelessness for years, but actually making the problem worse with bad policies.”

Chief Strategist John Thomas said: “As a successful physician, Dhanuka has delivered real results helping thousands of residents in district. We need more people with exemplary character and experience like him in government fighting for us and we plan to run an aggressive and modern campaign to prevail in March.”