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How much will Gaines’ race cost us?

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It is my understanding that Placer County will have to have a special election (maybe two) because of Ted Gaines’ winning both the offices he ran for. I would like to know (1) how much these election(s) will cost the taxpayers, and (2) why was Ted Gaines able to run for two spots? He had to realize, being a fiscal conservative, that Placer County would have to dig into the general fund to pay for these elections. Elections that would not have been needed if he had just chosen one office to run for. Republicans say that they don’t want needless spending by our government. What do they say about this needless expense? Rosalie Wohlfromm, Auburn