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RP CHERYL BLY CHESTER 4 GOV.JPGCheryl Bly-Chester launched a cable television advertising campaign Thursday in her bid for the Assembly seat vacated by Roseville Republican Ted Gaines' move to the Senate last month.

Bly-Chester is opposed by six other Republicans and one Democrat in the March 8 primary election for the 4th District Assembly seat, which represents Alpine County and portions of Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado counties.

Other Republican candidates are Beth Gaines -- Ted Gaines' wife -- and John Allard, Bogdan "Bo" Ambrozewicz, Rob Matthews, Michael F. O'Connor and Matt Williams. The only Democrat is Dennis Campanale.

All eight candidates will appear on the March 8 primary ballot. If none gets more than 50 percent of votes cast, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will square off May 3.

Bly-Chester, an environmental consultant, promotes her small-business experience in the new 30-second ad, saying:

"I'm Cheryl Bly-Chester. I'm a small business owner with 35 years experience working in our key local industries. I know how to get our local economy moving again. After being laid off in a merger, I started my own company, while raising three children as a single mom. I understand the pressures that many of you face worrying about job security and your families. I refuse to leave our children a legacy of crushing debt and failed schools. I'm a business owner -- with real-world experience. Let's get California back to work."

The ad can be viewed at Bly-Chester's campaign website:

PHOTO CREDIT: Then Republican recall candidate for governor Cheryl Bly-Chester of Roseville on Friday, Aug. 15, 2003. Sacramento Bee file photo / Randy Pench


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