McClintock endorses Gaines for state senate |

McClintock endorses Gaines for state senate

GRANITE BAY – United States Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, has endorsed Assemblyman Ted Gaines in the First Senate District special election.

The election will replace Sen. Dave Cox, who died in July.

The First Senate District includes Truckee and eastern Nevada County. It stretched from the Oregon border on the north to Mammoth Lakes on the south, represents about 850,000 residents. It encompasses Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Plumas and Sierra counties and parts of Placer and Sacramento counties.

“Ted Gaines is the conservative in the race and the one candidate who voters can trust to never raise their taxes,” said McClintock. “He understands that overspending and an inability to say ‘no’ to special interests is the root cause of the state’s yearly budget woes, and that cutting bad deals and compromising on principles only makes the problem worse.”

Gaines will kick off his campaign with a grand opening of his campaign headquarters at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug 28, at 8745 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay, in the Granite Bay Village Shopping Center. Refreshments will be served and a volunteer precinct walk will follow.

Among those expected to speak at the event are Lew Uhler, founder and president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, and David Wolfe, legislative director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

The organization Gun Owners of California endorsed Gaines shortly after he declared his candidacy Aug. 11.

“The response to our campaign has been overwhelmingly positive and I am excited to be able to officially kick-off our effort and open our headquarters to friends and supporters,” said Gaines.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called a special election for Jan. 4 to fill the remainder of Sen. Cox’s term. The primary to determine which candidates appear on the Jan. 4 ballot will be held Nov. 2. The top vote-getters from each major party will move on to the January ballot.

Gaines is a small business owner and former Placer County supervisor.

About 34 percent of likely voters reside in the 4th Assembly district, which Gaines represents.

The legislator who represents the second most voters is Democrat Alyson Huber, with 21 percent of First Senate District voters residing in her Assembly district.

Additional information about Gaines can be found at

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