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Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:32 pm | Updated: 11:37 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

Tokay High School graduate Ricky Gill announced his candidacy for Congress before about 100 people on Tuesday morning just south of Lodi Memorial Hospital, where he was born.

Gill, who turned 24 earlier this month, will run in what is now the 11th Congressional District, whose seat is held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton. The congressional boundaries may change due to reapportionment, and political followers believe that the East Bay portion of the 11th District may be in a different district from San Joaquin County.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:29 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Jerome, I find that you have the audicity to post your non-sensical blogs any further, demeaning everyone and anyone along the way. Now it's teleprompters and Ms. Hitchcock. Get real, Jerome.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:26 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Jerome, you are the one that brings up the subject of race? Many of us old time bloggers know where you come from when reading some of yours and Brian's old blogs. Keep ranting and raving, safewaylodi, and save your pathetic blogs and excuses for someone that's gullible. Why do you go right to the race card, if not for a guilty conscience concerning this intellectual, well educated and ambitious young man, Mr. Ricky Gill? Are you jealous that someone may be one heckuve smarter than you think you are?

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 6:14 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Well, I will give Ricky Gill credit for having the sense not to use a Teleprompter at least at this speech. In fact, I believe there will be far fewer of these devices used during the upcoming presidential campaign simply because of its overuse by our current president.

    So let’s start vetting this young man right now, shall we? Are we to believe that as the son born to parents with first names of Jasbir and Param, could his first name actually be just “Ricky?” A cursory review of his website doesn’t expound upon his entire name either way. Is just asking the question going to be met with accusations of racism; or like Obama’s birth certificate, is it simply no one’s business but his?

    I’m sorry, but I also find it comical that Lodi Mayor Susan Hitchcock had the audacity to state that, “It is now time for Ricky Gill to make a difference at the national level.” I’d like to know what real differences Mr. Gill has made so far at the local or state levels that would have her put so much faith in him; teaching his brothers in high school was enough to sell her on the idea of Ricky as our next U.S. Representative? I don’t think so; and neither will many “fence-sitting” Democrats or Independents fall into line behind him.

    If this guy has half a shot at beating Jerry McNerney, I want to have as many of these seemingly innocuous questions answered now; not offered during some sort of “October Surprise” just as we’re about to cast our votes in November.

    Regardless of where I stand right now on his electability, I do hope some serious time is dedicated to researching Ricky Gill’s short background by the Lodi News-Sentinel to help all of us reach an educated decision before Election Day 2012. If he’s all that some believe him to actually be, let’s find out now instead of waiting until it might be too late; because frankly I’m tired of McNerney and would very much like to see his political career come to an end.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:24 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

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    Mr Kinderman stated...but regardless of how impressive his website might be or how well he might be able to captivate an audience I don't think we should risk moving ahead on glitz and glitter without at least a modicum of age-producing wisdom.

    I think Mr Kinderman made good points and I wholeheartedly agree that prudence and due diligence should be taken into account before a decision to vote for anyone can be made.

    When I first read about Mr Gill, and his age, I immediately dismissed him as a possibility because I assumed that a 24 year old couldn't possibly have what Mr Kinderman described as “age-producing wisdom”. However, after hearing him speak and seeing what positions he is taking, he demonstrated to me that I was wrong in automatically rejecting him.
    Now is time for due diligence and verification. The positions he took on his web site were very good but general and lacked details which I would need before I would give him my vote. Hopefully, he will demonstrate his knowledge and leadership abilities soon.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 2:56 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

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    Once again there are those who somehow MUST find a way to get the subject of "race" into the argument. Whatever happened to ignoring the color of one's skin, but to judge by the content of their character?

    My point is (and will continue to be) that at 24 years old if he had won the election last week and today was swearing-in day, Mr. Gill would be unable to serve. There was nothing "snide" about the way I inserted our current president into the argument. Obama needs to be used as an example that experience DOES matter. Where should he get that experience? Not by taking a seat amongst the most powerful people on the planet at the tender age of 25 (when he WILL be eligible to serve).

    I would suggest that with his freshly printed law degree he first learn about his chosen profession: as an attorney. Clearly someone has convinced him that all that is necessary to become a U.S. Congressman is to have a law degree; and for generations now we've bought into this notion. The degree itself is worthless if there's no track record that proves he fully understands how those laws are crafted - a job he will NOT be able to even begin to do upon becoming a U.S. House Representative because what they teach in any law school in no way prepares them for the real job as a lawyer – it’s only designed to ensure they pass the bar exam on the first try..

    No, Obama has given us a very good litmus test to follow - so let us not make the same mistakes over and over again. Mr. Gill should start at the City Council or County level. Then see how he fares in the State House or Senate. Who knows, maybe then he'll be ready or perhaps as Governor he might become well rounded enough to take on the monumental tasks of being a U.S. Congressman - and then just maybe 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue might be in his future.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:05 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    driven young man

  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:03 pm on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, I thoroughly agree, and it's time the younger, intelligent generation steps up. And Jerome, just why does it require special leadership skills to be a politician? This intelligent, motivated young man is very capable of representing this district. Many of the present, especially the 70's+ representatives, have only their lines of spin and BS, along with a gift of gab and good connections (mostly corporate lobbyists and their owners) and still don't offer any leadership skills, as you say, but too many years of experience. Where do you expect a young man like Mr. Gill to get his political experience? Isn't experience something you accumulate on the job? And your snide little aside about "another guy" who recently was handed the key to the kingdom on nothing but promise was referring to President Barack Obama and you seem to equate that with this article? Judging today by the experience and leadership qualities of our failed Congress, it seems like the experience and leadership ideals of yours have been thrown out with the dirty laundry water. Why are you so negative on your view toward this young man being successful? Wouldn't it be great to see an intelligent, driven young of a minority ethnicity be successful, especially in the San Joaquin valley area? As a non-partisan registered voter, Mr. Gill would garner my vote anytime.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:02 am on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Case in point: While Boalt is an excellent law school, I keep wondering why our elected leaders somehow must become lawyers before they make a run for office. But more than that, if his primary reason to attend law school at Berkeley was for nothing more than to step into Congress, then I already see the recipe for failure for this young man.

    USE that law degree before you even think about beginning to capitalize upon it. It's abundantly clear to me that having that esteemed institution added to his resume is the ONLY reason he decided to go to law school in the first place. What about those in lesser-known institutions such as Humphreys who actually want to "BE" lawyers instead of using the sheepskin as just another step toward the U.S. Capital Building - or beyond?

    We MUST change the way we choose who leads us - and while I have no idea who Ricky Gill is (and who does?) and I have nothing against him, there's no proof at all that he's up to the task of the job of United States Congressman. If the election were held today, I couldn't vote for him.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:40 am on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Mr. Baumbach may be accurate in his assessment of this very young Congressional candidate, but regardless of how impressive his website might be or how well he might be able to captivate an audience I don't think we should risk moving ahead on glitz and glitter without at least a modicum of age-producing wisdom.

    I can think of one other guy recently who was handed the keys to the kingdom on nothing but the "promise" that he would bring much wanted (but not necessarily HIS particular brand of) hope and change. Frankly, it matters not what party any 24-year-old citizen belongs to, how well-connected he is or how smart or wise his parents might be - I want someone who has already proved him/herself to possess the requisite LEADERSHIP abilities that MUST BE REQUIRED before falling for whatever they might be trying to sell us.

    The catch phrase for these high-powered positions should be: “‘Leadership Skills’ and Experience: If You Ain’t Got Them – Don’t Apply For The Job!”

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:30 am on Wed, May 18, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I encourage everyone to go to his website and take a look at what this young man represents. It made me want to check his birth certificate to see if he was actually 24. Maybe his physical being is 24, but is apparent wisdom is 44. Very Impressive!!! If he is elected, San Joaquin County will be better represented than it currently is.



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