Granite Bay woman to announce run for assembly seat

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Suzanne V. Jones is expected to formally announce her candidacy for California’s 5th Assembly District seat at the Fair Oaks Republican Women Federated Luncheon this morning. The seat is currently held by Republican Roger Niello. Jones is a lifelong resident of Citrus Heights, Roseville and Granite Bay, aside from some years spent moving around the country and the world with her husband Cliff, a now retired Army officer. She is an attorney and graduate from Lincoln Law School and Sacramento State University. She is daughter of Tadas J. Spelis (Lt. Col. USAF ret.), and Catherine C. Spelis, who brought her family to Citrus Heights in 1959. Jones, a relative newcomer to politics, ran in the 2008 Republican primary for California’s 4th Congressional District nomination, finishing third behind Tom McClintock and Doug Ose. She said she’s a proud conservative, and running for the assembly seat because she believes people who live in the district deserve to be represented by someone with a history in the area, and who will bring the perspective and the common sense of a private citizen to the job. She said she sees this as a necessarily step in returning the Republican party to its conservative roots. Her stated goals are to create jobs and expand revenues through a business friendly environment, work to lower taxes, reduce the size and spending of government, and to return excellence and accountability to our education system. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 Wednesday morning at the Northridge Country Club in Fair Oaks.