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Barbara Alby.JPGFormer Assemblywoman Barbara Alby is considering running for the 1st Senate District seat vacated by the death of Republican Sen. Dave Cox.

"My name has been bandied about a bit for this Senate District race and I am very much looking at it," she said, adding she will make a final decision in the coming weeks.

Alby, an acting member on the Board of Equalization, lost in the Republican primary for a full term on the tax board in June. The Folsom Republican represented what was then the 5th Assembly District in the 1990s. At the time, the district covered a handful of communities currently represented by the 1st Senate District, including Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Orangevale and Folsom.

Alby, 64, said her interest in returning the the Legislature has been augmented by the current issues facing the state.

"We're all worried about the future and the collection that's working now are falling short for us," she said.

Alby's entry into the race would mean at least three Republicans will be on the ballot for the Nov. 2 special primary -- Assemblymen Ted Gaines and Roger Niello have already announced their candidacies. Rancho Cordova Mayor Ken Cooley is the only Democrat in the race so far.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, the top vote-getter from each party advances to a Jan. 4 runoff election.

PHOTO: Barbara Alby



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