Gaines to make run at Senate seat
Republican California Assemblyman Ted Gaines announced Wednesday that he will be a candidate to fill the state’s first senate district vacancy.
The seat was previously held by Dave Cox, who died last month following a long battle with prostate cancer
A special election will be held Jan. 4 to fill the senate seat. The primary election to determine which candidates will appear on the Janunary ballot will be held Nov. 2.
“With record deficits, budget meltdowns and a stumbling economy, California is on the edge and we need to act now to pull it back and turn things around,” Gaines said in a Wednesday statement. “Our political leaders in Sacramento have let us down and ripped us off. State government is too big and too expensive and compromising with the forces of big government is not the answer to our problems. This campaign is about who the voters can trust to stand firm for lower taxes, less government spending and a robust private sector economy.”
Gaines said he intends to reduce taxes and regulations to end “California’s anti-business attitude,” in the statement.
“Since my election to the Assembly in 2006, I have worked hard to bring common sense conservative principles to the State Capitol,” Gaines said. “I will not support any tax increase on the people or businesses of California and I will never compromise my principles just to ‘get a deal done’ or move the process along.”
Ted Gaines is a small business owner and former Placer County Supervisor. Gaines and his wife, Beth, have six children, four of whom are in college.
The first senate district is comprised of twelve counties, stretching from the Oregon border through Mono County.
Approximately 34 percent of likely voters in the senate race reside in the 4th Assembly district represented by Gaines, according to the statement.
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