California Assemblyman Ted Gaines won the election for the California Senate seat in District 1 which includes Mono
County and several northern California counties.
Gaines won district wide and in Mono County. The Elections Department in Bridgeport reported that Gaines received 1,007 votes and Democratic Mayor of Rancho Cordova, Ken Cooley, won 834 votes.
Tuesday’s special election was a run-off between Gaines and Cooley who were the top vote getters in the primary election in November. Gaines won 63.2% of the vote and Cooley, 36.8%. The District 1 seat was previously held by Senator Dave Cox who died last summer. District 1 literally stretches from the Oregon border south to Mono County.
An election will likely now take place to fill Gaines assembly seat. His wife, Beth, has indicated she may have an interest in running.
Gaines was quoted in the Roseville Press Tribune as saying that “Jobs are very important, and we need to implement policies at the state that encourage private sector job creation.” Gaines also said that he thinks holding the lines on taxes and relieving constituents from regulations are important.