Roseville City Councilman John Allard, a Republican, plans to run for the seat if Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, wins election to the state Senate in a special election early next month. Gaines is heavily favored to defeat Democrat Ken Cooley in the contest for the conservative 1st Senate District, which has been vacant since GOP Sen. Dave Cox died in July.
Allard previously served as chief of staff to former Republican state legislator Tim Leslie.
"I am uniquely qualified to protect and promote the interests of our region," Allard said, in a press release provided to the Roseville Press-Tribune. "I understand the impact that state budget hardships have had on our communities. While there are no quick fixes, the person elected to the Assembly must have the backbone to stand up to special interest spending and be willing to fight to reduce taxes."
The 4th Assembly District covers Alpine County and parts of El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties, and includes Rocklin, Placerville and South Lake Tahoe.
PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of John Allard