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Seven Republicans and one Democrat met Monday's filing deadline to become candidates for the 4th District Assembly seat left vacant by Ted Gaines' recent move to the state Senate.

GOP candidates are Beth Gaines, Ted Gaines' wife, a homemaker with business experience; Roseville City Councilman John Allard; Cheryl Bly-Chester, founder of Rosewood Environmental Engineering; Matt Williams, a South Lake Tahoe attorney; Rob Matthews, a police officer; Mike O'Connor, a retiree and former Yuba County assistant personnel director; and Bogdan "Bo" Ambrozewicz, a business entrepreneur who has been involved in home and business construction.

The lone Democratic candidate is Dennis J. Campanale, a retired West Sacramento division fire chief who lost to Ted Gaines for the Assembly seat in November.

All eight candidates will run on the March 8 primary ballot. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of votes cast, the two top vote-getters -- regardless of party -- will square off May 3.

More than half the district's registered voters are from Placer County, 58 percent, compared to 28 percent from El Dorado, 13.6 percent from Sacramento, and less than a half-percent from Alpine.


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