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Gaines announces run for Cox’s Senate seat

By: Journal Staff Report
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Assemblyman Ted Gaines has set his sights on the California State Senate. Gaines, of Roseville, announced plans Wednesday to fill the vacancy left by state Sen. Dave Cox’s death. Cox, who died of cancer on July 13, served nearly a decade in the heavily Republican 1st Senate District that includes parts of 12 Sierra and foothill counties. Gaines, a Republican, is serving his second, two-year term in the 4th Assembly District, which includes Auburn. If elected, he would fill the remaining two years of Cox’s term, and be eligible for re-election to two additional four-year terms. “The same things I’ve fought for in the Assembly are the same things I’ll fight for in the Senate — smaller government, lower taxes and a growing economy based on jobs creation in the private sector,” Gaines said. A primary election for the 1st Senate seat will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2, along with the rest of the statewide general election ballot. The two major party candidates will move on to a special election on Jan. 4, 2011. The filing period for Cox’s open seat will begin Aug. 31 and run through Sept. 20. Gaines said the time was right to announce his candidacy. “It’s a tight window. There are only 84 days until the election,” he said. Gaines’ name also will be on the Assembly ballot. If he were to win both seats, he would resign from his Assembly position and a special election would be held for that seat in 2011, he said. Gaines was elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 2000 and 2004, and then was elected to the Assembly in 2006 and 2008. If he were to remain in the Assembly, he would be termed out of office in 2012.