Beth Gaines wins Ted's Assembly Seat

IBA West member and Republican Beth Gaines has won the election to fill her husband's former Assembly seat.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Gaines was ahead of Roseville Democrat Dennis Campanale in Tuesday's runoff election for the 4th Assembly District, leading 55 percent to 45 percent, with 90 percent of precincts reporting.  The two emerged as the top vote-getters in an eight-way March primary election triggered by the January election of her husband, Ted Gaines, to an overlapping state Senate seat.

After winning by just one percentage point in the primary, Gaines scored an easy win against Campanale who had the backing of the firefighters.  Thanks to the IBA West members who support Beth in her effort to win this race that turned out to be more low-key.

According to the Bee, the only real campaigning took place in the 11th hour when the firefighters' union backing Campanale, reported spending nearly $40,000 to mail voters' pamphlets to attack Gaines' positions on the state budget.

Gaines, who works as a marketing consultant for the family insurance business, Point West Insurance Associates in Sacramento, supports a cuts-based approach to solving the state's projected $15.4 billion budget deficit and has vowed to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to ask voters to approve continuing higher income, sales and vehicle tax rates.

 

Gaines' swearing-in will mark the first time since late 2008 that there are no vacancies in the state Legislature, reported the Bee.