Eight vie for Assembly seat
The deadline to file to run for Sen. Ted Gaines’ vacant 4th Assembly District seat passed Monday with eight candidates submitting the necessary paperwork to vie for the open spot.
In the typically conservative district, which covers El Dorado, Sacramento, Alpine and Placer counties, the field looks to be Republican-heavy.
GOP candidates in the running are John Allard, Roseville city councilman; Bogdan Ambrozewicz, businessman; Cheryl Bly-Chester, founder of Rosewood Environmental Engineering and former gubernatorial candidate; Beth Gaines, homemaker and wife of Sen. Gaines; Rob Matthews, a Stockton police officer and Roseville business owner; Michael O’Connor, former Yuba County assistant personal director; and Matt Williams, a South Lake Tahoe attorney.
Dennis Campanale, a retired West Sacramento division fire chief, is the lone Democrat in the race. Campanale lost to Ted Gaines in the November 2010 election for the Assembly seat.
Williams and Ambrozewicz both are from El Dorado County, while the other six all hail from Placer. There are no candidates from Sacramento or Alpine counties.
The primary election is set for March 8. The race be will after Proposition 14 goes into effect, meaning if no candidate gets enough votes to win outright, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will head to a May 3 runoff.
In the 4th Assembly District, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats — 45 perent to 31 percent.
On Tuesday, the California Republican Assembly announced it had formally endorsed Allard in the race.
“The CRA’s endorsement is monumental in my campaign and I am honored to have the confidence of its distinguished delegates,” said Allard in a written statement. “The solid credibility their support gives to my record of conservative values cannot be underestimated, and I look to implement our shared beliefs in limited government, lower taxes and less spending in the Legislature.”
Sen. Gaines, who has received the CRA endorsement in the past, has called the volunteer organization “the heart and soul of the Republican Party.”