Republican congressional candidate Ricky Gill, a 25-year-old who grew up in Lodi, has been selected to speak at the Republican National Convention.
Gill, who is running against Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, for the 9th Congressional District seat in the November election, will speak a week from today, Aug. 27, in Tampa, Fla.
“It developed very quickly, and it was an unexpected invitation, but it was one that Ricky was honored to accept,” Gill spokesman Colin Hunter said Monday. “Ricky saw this as an opportunity to put the Valley back on the map.”
Gill will be one of a select number of candidates to speak at the Republican Convention.
"While we face some of the greatest challenges, our communities are among the most underrepresented in America,” Gill said in a news release. “My remarks at the Convention will focus not only on giving our communities a voice, but also on ensuring the survival of our American Dream for this generation and those to come."
“I hope this opportunity will prompt Washington to take note not just of our communities’ current struggles, but also of their enduring potential,” Gill added in a news release. “It will be an honor to speak on behalf of our Valley and Delta communities on a national stage.”
William Harris, the convention’s chief executive officer, said in a news release, “The candidates who will be speaking, like the many others running for office across the country, represent the future of our party and a better future for our country. Their participation will help inspire enthusiasm for Republicans up and down the ticket.”
Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to come to the Tampa Bay area for the Republican Convention, including delegates, alternate delegates, media and other guests.
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