Republican Bill Berryhill is seeking a second term in the 26th Assembly District, which includes rural areas east of Lodi. The Ceres resident is being opposed by Democrat Tim Weintz Sr., of Stockton.
The district covers eastern San Joaquin County (generally east of Bruella Road) and much of Stanislaus County.
Berryhill has farmed winegrapes for more than 30 years, mostly in the Ceres area, but he also has a 350-acre ranch off Mackville Road in Clements, where he grows winegrapes and walnuts.
His brother, Tom Berryhill, represents the neighboring 25th Assembly District, and a cousin, Mike Berryhill, is a Republican seeking the 18th Congressional District seat held by Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced.
Berryhill frequently expresses his frustration with the Democratic majority in the Legislature, often referring to them as "liberal extremists" on his campaign website. He lists his priorities as limiting regulations on small businesses, reducing environmental regulations on farmers, tax cuts and prison reform.
He's also frustrated that the Legislature is ineffective because it concentrates too much on passing bills and doesn't provide enough oversight of state agencies. Some agencies contradict each other when it comes to what it requires of residents and businesses, Berryhill said.
Berryhill said he will push for the Legislature spending one year on legislation and one year of agency oversight.
Weintz is waging a low-key campaign against Berryhill and doesn't even have the Democratic Party's support, according to Richard Blackston, of Lodi, president of Greater Stockton Area Democrats.
Weintz doesn't have a website, his only contact information is his home phone and he hasn't returned calls to the News-Sentinel. The only information on him online is from Project Vote Smart.
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