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Niello BUDGET 0048.JPGAssemblyman Roger Niello will announce tomorrow that he is running in the 1st Senate District special election.

The Fair Oaks Republican is seeking the seat formerly held by Republican Sen. Dave Cox, who died in July at age 72.

Niello plans to make his announcement during a Republicans of River City meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the studios of Sacramento's KVIE Channel 6, according to an announcement from the club. Cox also announced his candidacy for the seat at a Republicans of River City meeting, according to the club.

Niello is finishing his third and final term representing the overlapping 5th Assembly District. Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, and Democrat Ken Cooley, mayor of Rancho Cordova, are also running in the Nov. 2 special primary.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the primary vote, the top vote-getter from each party will advance to a Jan. 4 run-off. Republicans have a strong registration advantage in the district, which includes parts of Sacramento and Placer counties.

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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