New Election Rules Could Hand Republican District 6 to Democrats

by Placerville Newswire / May 08, 2016 / comments

[Associated Press] All 80 seats in the California Assembly and half the 40 Senate positions are up for grabs in this year’s election. But the interest is focused most intensely on a handful of races with the potential to alter the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats.

The June primary will cull the field and set up intriguing matchups for the November general election, where the two candidates with the most votes - regardless of party affiliation - will face off. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting and consequential races:

Assembly District 6...

Incumbent: Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, termed out.

Challengers: Brian Caples, Democrat, co-founder of nonprofit Fix CA Water; John Edward Z’Berg, Democrat, retired corrections officer; Bill Halldin, Republican, public relations executive; Kevin Hanley, Republican, former Auburn City Council member; Gabriel Hydrick, Republican, Lincoln City Council member; Suzanne Jones, Republican, Placer County Board of Education member; Kevin Kiley, Republican, deputy attorney general; Ron Mikulaco, Republican, El Dorado County supervisor; Cristi Nelson, Republican, business owner; Andy Pugno, Republican who led campaign for Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage.

Key Factors: The district is a reliable Republican stronghold. But with eight GOP candidates on the ballot, it has the unusual potential to advance two Democrats to November if Republicans split the GOP vote.

Description: The district includes Sacramento’s wealthy northeastern suburbs, including Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom and El Dorado Hills. It is 46 percent registered Republicans, 28 percent Democrats and 21 percent no party preference.

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