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Gaines Senate win spurs on Assembly election

Beth Gaines, Keith Nesbitt, John Allard II eye Assembly seat
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Ted Gaines’ Senate District 1 win leaves the 4th Assembly District seat open, and several people are already thinking of filling it, including Gaines’ wife, Beth. The California Secretary of State Office reported its semi-official special election results at 11 p.m. Tuesday. Gaines, R-Roseville, received 81,945 votes, or 63.2 percent of the vote, and Mayor Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, received 47,743 votes, or 36.8 percent of the vote. The Placer County Office of Elections reported in its semi-official election night results that Gaines received 19,632 votes, or 63.35 percent of the vote in Placer County, and Cooley received 11,229 votes, or 36.23 percent of the vote. There were 130 write-in votes. Gaines is expected to be sworn in at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Senate Chambers at the State Capitol. Now several Assembly hopefuls are getting ready to gear up for their campaigns. According to Dave Gilliard, Ted Gaines’ campaign consultant, Beth Gaines is seriously looking at running for the seat. “I think you could expect a decision within a week,” Gilliard said Wednesday. “I would say she’s very excited about the possibility, but she’s not going to make any rash decisions. She wants to make sure she makes the right decision.” Gaines was unavailable for comment by press time Wednesday. Auburn City Councilman Keith Nesbitt said he plans to make a decision by the end of this week on whether or not he will run. “I am contemplating a run,” Nesbitt said. “I’m going to talk to a few more people, kind of gauge my support.” Nesbitt said he is a moderate Republican. “I believe you have to reach across the aisle once in awhile to gain compromise,” he said. Nesbitt said no matter who wins he thinks they should be from a certain party, and he hopes to lobby to be that person’s Auburn field representative if he doesn’t win. “I know that no matter what I decide, I think a Republican needs to hold that seat,” he said. “I just think that represents the majority of opinion in our area.” Republican John Allard II, who has been a Roseville city councilman for seven years, said he is throwing his hat into the ring. “Yes, I absolutely am running for the 4th Assembly District,” Allard said. Allard grew up in Turlock and moved to the Sacramento area to attend Sacramento State University. He has been a Roseville resident for 23 years. Allard and his wife, Lisa, own a house cleaning company called Molly Maid of Placer County. They have three children: Jacquelyn, 20, Ashleigh, 18, and John, 15. Allard said there are some huge challenges he is hoping to help tackle including the economy, state budget and deteriorating government infrastructure. “I think it’s going to come down to who has the experience, who is a proven leader and who has the skills and background to go down to Sacramento and make a difference,” Allard said. Auburn Councilman Kevin Hanley said he thought about running for the Assembly seat, but decided not to. “I seriously considered it, but I’m not going to do it,” Hanley said. “I just ran for an election for City Council, and I kind of decided that Project Canyon Safe has two more years of hard work … by me and the Fire Safe Council. I didn’t want to leave it halfway done. That was the major reason. And also the city has some financial challenges over the next two years. I think we have made some progress, but I want to make sure we are in good shape.” Hanley said he might run for another political office in the future. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com