Beth Gaines making run for state Assembly seat

Husband sworn in as state senator last week
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Beth Gaines, wife of state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, will try to make it a husband-and-wife team at the Capitol. Gaines, whose husband was sworn in as senator last week, threw her hat in the ring Wednesday in an increasingly crowded race for the District 4 Assembly post Ted Gaines vacated after his step up to the Senate. A special election has been called for May 3 to fill the 4th District Assembly seat. Ted Gaines ran for reelection in the 4th District Assembly and won in November. He won again Jan. 4 in a special election to replace the late Dave Cox as 1st District senator – forcing him to step down as Assemblyman. Beth Gaines said district voters want to be represented by a conservative in touch with the concerns of the district. “I don’t come from government,” she said in a release announcing her candidacy. “Instead, I will bring a unique set of experiences and skills to representing the people of our area.” Auburn’s Michael Babich, who is also running for the Assembly post, said voters are growing tired of nepotism and “the same old, same old” in Sacramento. “We need citizen legislators with experience,” Babich said. “She’s a nice person. It’s the best I can say.” The list of candidates now includes Beth Gaines, Babich, Dennis Campanale, John Allard and Matt Williams. Auburn City Councilman Keith Nesbitt is also considering joining the race. In her announcement, Gaines said she is a marketing consultant for Point West Insurance Associates. Prior business experience includes sales and marketing for a medical supply company and management experience at the local branch of a national employment firm. She has also served as a teacher for Placer County pre-schoolers, the release said. The newly minted Beth Gaines campaign says the candidate, a Roseville resident, has volunteered for numerous charities and groups, including the Child Abuse Prevention Council, Mothers of Preschoolers and Acres of Hope in Applegate. Gov. Jerry Brown has set a special election to fill the 4th Assembly District vacancy created when Ted Gaines was elected to the state Senate. Under California’s new open primary law, the top two vote-getters in a March 8 primary will advance to a May 3 runoff election, regardless of party affiliation, the Associated Press reported. Gov. Jerry Brown set the dates Tuesday. There will be no runoff if a candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in March. The Assembly district includes all or parts of Placer, Alpine, El Dorado and Sacramento counties.