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John McDonald

Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:31 am, Sat May 12, 2012.

John McDonald is arguably the least known among the three candidates on the June primary ballot for the 9th Congressional District seat. He lives in the south end of the district, Mountain House, and hasn't received the financial backing of either Democrat Jerry McNerney or Republican Ricky Gill.

McDonald, also a Republican, is focusing his campaign against Gill, while Gill focuses more on defeating McNerney.

"I think it kind of has to go that way," McDonald said of his campaign against Gill. "Basically, Ricky Gill has to hang his hat on his money. His strong point is that he has a lot of money. I get great support when I go to Republican events."

McDonald admits that he hasn't had a lot of longevity in San Joaquin County, like Gill has.

"I am who I am," McDonald said. "Am I going to pretend I'm a farmer? No. I've lived two and a half years in the district. That's who I am."

Nevertheless, McDonald said he's heard the same complaints about the way the country is run regardless of which locale he visits on his campaign.

McDonald says he's more qualified than Gill because he's been involved in three start-up businesses, is a semiconductor executive and travels to many countries in connection with foreign trade. On the other hand, Gill, who turned 25 on Sunday, has never held a real job, McDonald says.

Congress needs a greater cross-section of office-holders, McDonald said.

"We need CPAs and engineers in office, not lawyers and career politicians," he said.

McDonald says he sees some ways the recession can end.

"One of the things Obama's done is trying to rely on stimulus," he said. "The permitting process is too long to build a factory."

The problem is similar with the new health care plan, McDonald said.

"We must inject lot more of free market," he said. "Insurance companies are so regulated. They need to be free enough to be innovative. When you impose your will on people, you eliminate innovation. When you lack innovation, you don't reduce costs."

So why does McDonald think government is so restrictive?

"I think it's their legal background," he said. "They're not business people and don't understand — the Obama administration and enablers of the administration. I think they want to do what they think is right. They don't want to listen to free-market initiatives."

As much as he believes the Democrats see solutions to America's economic woes incorrectly, McDonald said he'll need to appeal to a section of Democrats in order to win the election.

"The tech workers in the Bay Area are very Democratic, but nearly half my volunteers are Democrats who are fiscal conservatives who have had it with Obama."

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Kim Parigoris posted at 12:24 pm on Mon, May 14, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    I think you are very very wrong, Mr. Singh. He and Jerry McNereny could not be more apart on issues. I have heard John McDonald speak on numerous occasions and I think your comment could not be farther from the truth. He has not offered any negative comments about Ricky Gill, but does answer when asked about Ricky, and Ricky's experience. John McDonald is the first candidate in quite some time that I can say I am actually excited about. I will vote for him with enthusiasm, not just because I feel he is the lesser of 2 evils. He has a business background, which is so needed in our government. I hope that if he does not get the nomination this time around, that he will continue to pursue some position in our government whether it be state or federal. I have found Ricky Gill to be evasive on issues, and John McDonald will answer your questions rapidly and with conviction. He does not stick his finger up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. I have real concerns also about Gill's "globalist" approach to our country.

  • Tanvir Singh posted at 7:39 pm on Sat, May 12, 2012.

    TSingh Posts: 2

    This man actually working with McNerney's team to take votes away from Gill. He does not care to win, only to support McNerney. Devious.



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