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Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Mon Jan 9, 2012.

Republican congressional candidate Ricky Gill has announced more than 20 people who have endorsed him in his campaign against Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

Gill, who grew up in Lodi, will compete against McNerney, a three-term congressman who recently announced he is moving from Pleasanton to San Joaquin County to represent what will become the 9th Congressional District after the 2012 election.

Due to the new open primary system approved by voters in June 2010, Gill, McNerney and any other candidates who decide to toss their hat in the ring will be on the same ballot in the primary.

The endorsements announced by Gill’s campaign:

  • Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres, whose district includes rural areas east of Lodi
  • San Joaquin County Supervisor Leroy Ornellas, of Tracy
  • Former Republican Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian, of Stockton
  • Former Lodi Mayor and San Joaquin County Supervisor Jack Sieglock
  • Mark Chandler of Mokelumne River Partners
  • Steve and Jeanne Coldani, and Barbara Coldani of Coldani Farms/Coldani Olive Ranch
  • Brad, Randy and Charlene Lange, Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyards, Acampo
  • Jerry Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches
  • Gail Kautz, Ironstone Vineyards
  • John and Craig Ledbetter, Vino Farms
  • Rudy Maggio, Oak Ridge Winery
  • Fred Podesta, Podesta Farms
  • Don Reynolds, M&R Packing
  • Richard Samra, Phillaur Corp.
  • Kevin Sanguinetti, Sanguinetti Farms
  • Mark and Gayle Shimozaki, Shimozaki Farms
  • Pat Stockar, Stockar Ranch/South River Ranch
  • Robert Tanaka, Tanaka Land Co.

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  • Ronald Brown posted at 9:45 am on Wed, Sep 14, 2011.

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    This is not news. If you go to Gill's website, many of these people are on his advisory team. Most of these people are connections of his parents who are very wealthy and have ties to agriculture, medicine and other interests.

    If Gill is truly interested in public service, let him pass the bar, get a job in a law firm or government agency in San Joaquin County, build his own network of contacts and then run for public office.

    I find it ironic that someone that has not even passed the bar wants to run for Congress as a "lawyer".

  • Richard Winger posted at 10:24 am on Tue, Sep 13, 2011.

    Richard Winger Posts: 1

    This story would be better if it referred to Prop. 14 as the top-two primary, not "open primary". "Open primary" has been defined since 1907 as a system in which each party has its own primary and its own nominees, but any voter on primary day is free to choose any party's primary ballot. Prop. 14 is totally different, and eliminates party nominees. It is not good writing to use the same term to refer to two very different things, especially when there is so much confusion.

    Prop. 14 was not on the ballot in June 2010 as an "open primary." The ballot title was just "Elections. Primaries".



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