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Former Republican Assemblywoman Barbara Alby said today she has decided to run in the 1st Senate District special primary.

"I'm going to run. I'm in. Full speed ahead," she said in an interview this afternoon.

Alby, a board member on the Board of Equalization, had been considering in recent weeks jumping in the race to replace late Sen. Dave Cox, going so far as participating in candidate forums sponsored by local GOP groups.

The Folsom Republican said she made her final decision today, three days before the deadline for submitting nominating papers to county election officials. She said she was influenced by the fact that "so many people are calling me, asking me to get in."

"They all feel that nothing changes if nothing changes," she said, referring to the two current legislators also running for the seat.

Alby's decision to enter the race shakes up the brewing slugfest between those two lawmakers, Assemblymen Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, and Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks.

Alby, who lost a GOP primary campaign for the Board of Equalization in June, represented an Assembly district in the 1990s that overlapped with parts of the current 1st Senate District, including Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Orangevale and Folsom.

But she said Friday that she would have to hit the ground running to reintroduce herself to voters in the expansive 1st Senate District with just over six weeks to go until Election Day.

"I'm an outsider," she said. "It's a real uphill battle."

The three Republicans and Rancho Cordova Mayor Ken Cooley, a Democrat, will face off in the Nov. 2 special primary. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top vote-getter from each party advances to a January run-off.


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