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Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:38 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

The Lodi-Galt area has newly announced candidates for Congress, State Senate and Assembly.

In the 9th Congressional District, Stockton resident Robert Silva is the third Republican to announce that he is seeking Jerry McNerney’s congressional seat in the 2012 election. Silva attended Oak View School in Acampo and is a 1989 Galt High School graduate.

San Joaquin County Supervisor Leroy Ornellas announced on Tuesday that he will run for the open 5th Senate District seat, and Sacramento Assemblyman Richard Pan will seek the local seat in the new 9th Assembly District.

Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, who currently represents Lodi, is likely to give up the Lodi seat and seek office closer to home. She has not announced her plans.

Silva, who is a part-time artist's model at San Joaquin Delta College and founded the Institute of Human Rights and Democratic Studies, joins Republicans Ricky Gill, of Lodi, and John McDonald, of Mountain House, in seeking the new Congressional seat.

The new district lines were adopted in August by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

McNerney, D-Pleasanton, serving his third two-year term, said he plans to move to San Joaquin County and seek re-election here. His Pleasanton residence will be in a separate district from San Joaquin County beginning with the 2012 election.

Silva owned two businesses in Galt, Three Squares Arcade and Mecca Cards and Comics. He says he’s also been active in Lodi and Stockton politics in the 1990s, and helped bring cultural awareness to the county.

Silva said he promotes small business and local culture.

In the 5th Senate District, Ornellas will run against fellow Republican Bill Berryhill, of Ceres, and Democrat Cathleen Galgiani, of Livingston.

A dairy farmer in Tracy, Ornellas is serving his second and final term with the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. His family has been in the dairy business since the 1930s.

Using some bovine lingo, Ornellas said in a news release that California can’t afford any more “bull” in Sacramento. He advocates a balanced state budget, no new taxes, especially during the current economic climate, relief in small-business regulation and more jail space.

“By God, we’re going to change the direction of this state and get our economy growing again,” Ornellas said in a news release.

Ornellas will compete against Republican Bill Berryhill, an assemblyman whose district includes Victor, Lockeford, Clements, Morada and eastern Acampo. Galgiani, a Democrat, represents southern San Joaquin County and communities south of Tracy and Manteca.

Pan is a Democrat in the 5th Assembly District and currently lives in the Natomas area of northern Sacramento County. He decided to run instead for the 9th District because the newly drawn Assembly lines would put him in the same district as Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson.

The only other candidate in the new 9th Assembly District is Republican Sophia Scherman, an Elk Grove City Councilwoman.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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