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Republican Cristi Nelson eyes Beth Gaines’ Assembly seat

Newcastle lawyer Cristi Nelson, a Republican running for the Assembly seat being vacated by Beth Gaines.
Newcastle lawyer Cristi Nelson, a Republican running for the Assembly seat being vacated by Beth Gaines. Nelson campaign

With Roseville Assemblywoman Beth Gaines’ legislative clock running out, Republican lawyer Cristi Nelson has announced she will seek Gaines’ 6th Assembly District seat next year

The district is reliably GOP – Gaines secured nearly two-thirds of the vote over her Democratic challenger last November – and Nelson’s website touts her conservative beliefs while castigating Sacramento’s “tax-and-spend political approach.”

Nelson, 48, lives in Newcastle and co-owns a Roseville software company, Digital Technology, with her husband, Rick. Before that she said she oversaw a team dealing with legal claims made against an insurance company.

Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Sacramento State University and a law degree at the University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law.

The district includes Roseville, Lincoln, Granite Bay, Rocklin, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Orangevale and Fair Oaks. Gaines, first elected to the Assembly in 2011, will be forced by term limits to leave at the end of 2016.

Jeremy B. White: (916) 326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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