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Niello BUDGET 0048.JPGAssemblyman Roger Niello has opened his wallet to boost his bid for the vacant 1st Senate District seat.

The Fair Oaks Republican, whose family owns the Sacramento-area Niello Auto Group, wrote his campaign a $100,000 check, according to campaign finance filings posted today on the secretary of state website.

Niello, Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville and Rancho Cordova Mayor Ken Cooley, a Democrat, are running in a Nov. 2 special primary to replace GOP Sen. Dave Cox, who died last month of prostate cancer. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top vote-getter from each party will advance to a Jan. 4 run-off election.

PHOTO CREDIT: Assembly Republican Roger Niello testifies as he presents the Republican budget plan to the Assembly budget committee, Tuesday Dec. 16, 2008. Brian Baer, Sacramento Bee.



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