Gaines endorses Audette for State Assembly

Tenessa Audette.

Tenessa Audette, mayor of Redding and small business owner, announces her endorsement for State Assembly by Ted Gaines, a distinguished member of the Board of Equalization and California’s highest-ranking Republican elected official. This significant endorsement underscores Audette’s commitment to embodying and championing the values and grit of the North State, working tirelessly to get California back on track for its people.

Ted Gaines.

Gaines, with his extensive experience and unwavering dedication to the Republican values of fiscal responsibility and public service, recognizes in Audette a leader who is deeply rooted in the community and fully equipped to represent the interests of North State residents. His endorsement highlights Audette’s proven track record as a public servant and her ability to deliver real results for her constituents.

“Tenessa Audette exemplifies the North State values of hard work, integrity and community spirit,” said Gaines. “As a small business owner, she understands the challenges faced by our local businesses and families. As mayor of Redding, she has demonstrated outstanding  leadership and dedication to public service. I am confident that she will bring the same passion and effectiveness to the State Assembly.”

Audette’s campaign is centered on a vision of restoring California to a state that works for all its residents. She is committed to supporting small businesses, fostering job creation, and reducing regulatory burdens to stimulate economic development. Ensuring that every child has access to quality education and the resources they need to succeed is a top priority for her. She also aims to strengthen law enforcement and community partnerships to keep neighborhoods safe. Advocating for prudent spending and balanced budgets to secure California’s financial future is at the core of her fiscal policy.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Ted Gaines,” said Audette. “His trust in my ability to serve the people of California is a testament to our shared commitment to North State values and the belief that together, we can create a better, more prosperous future for our families and communities.”

Gaines joins influential leaders and organizations around the North State and California in supporting Audette, including former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Senator Shannon Grove, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, Shasta County Supervisor Mary Rickert, Modoc County Supervisor Geri Byrne, Modoc County Supervisor Ned Coe, Modoc County Supervisor Kathie M Rhoads, Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss, El Dorado County Supervisor George Turnboo, Sierra County Supervisor Sharon Dryden, Siskiyou County Supervisor Ray Haupt, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, retired Shasta County Sheriff Jim Pope, Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman, Modoc County Sheriff William “Tex” Dowdy, Redding Vice Mayor Julie Winter, Redding Mayor Pro Tem Jack Munns, South Tahoe City Councilmember Tamara Wallace, Los Rios Community College District Trustee John Knight, Retired El Dorado County Office of Education Trustee Georgianne Knight, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Women’s Leadership Association Political Action Committee, California Rifle and Pistol Association, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Reform California, the El Dorado County Republican Party, the Nevada County Republican Party,  the Placer County Republican Party and Siskiyou County Republican Party.

Audette’s personal journey as a successful small business owner has given her firsthand experience with the challenges and opportunities that local entrepreneurs face. Her role as a mother and wife fuels her passion for improving education and creating safe, thriving communities. As mayor of Redding, she has consistently demonstrated her ability to lead with integrity, vision, and determination.

“My campaign is about bringing common sense and real solutions to Sacramento,” Audette continued. “It’s time to put the needs of Californians first and ensure that our state government works for the people, not the other way around.”

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