Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Tom Berryhill favored for State Senate

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Tom Berryhill

Larry Johnson

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:10 am, Tue Oct 12, 2010.

Assemblyman Tom Berryhill is heavily favored to win the 14th Senate District seat being vacated by Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto.

The Oakdale resident has such a safe Republican district that his Democratic opponent says he needs 18,000 Republican votes to win the November election.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” Berryhill said. “We’re taking this race very seriously. We will work hard until election day.”

Berryhill’s Democratic opponent, Clovis resident Larry Johnson, is taking an unorthodox approach to his campaign. It’s low-funded, with his wife and a couple of other people making up his staff. He hasn’t campaigned in San Joaquin County, and he doesn’t plan to. Furthermore, he isn’t contacting his own Democratic base for support.

“This is a highly gerrymandered district,” Johnson said in a phone interview Monday. “We’re calling Republicans on the phone and asking them to vote for me.”

A lot of Republicans are upset with what their party is doing, Johnson said, and he’s hoping enough of them will send a message and vote for him instead.

“I win even if I pull (Berryhill’s) numbers down because it will send a message,” Johnson said.

Republicans have a 47-34 percent registration advantage in the 14th District. In San Joaquin County, Republicans within the district outnumber Democrats by a 50-34 percent margin. Nearly 14 percent in the district are registered as “decline to state.”

Berryhill is finishing his fourth year as an assemblyman representing Stanislaus and nearby counties. He survived a heated Republican primary for Cogdill’s Senate seat that included four opponents.

Berryhill has politics in his blood. His brother, Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres, is seeking re-election in the 26th Assembly District. A cousin, Mike Berryhill, of Ceres, hopes to win 18th Congressional District seat held by Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater. And his late father, Clare Berryhill, was elected to both houses of the California Legislature and was the California Department of Food and Agriculture director.

The 14th Senate District is an open seat because Cogdill chose to not seek a second four-year term. The district includes the Lodi area, Morada, Linden, Escalon, eastern Modesto, Oakdale and the Highway 49 corridor from Calaveras County to Madera County. It also includes eastern Fresno, Clovis and Mammoth Lakes.

In another unorthodox campaign strategy, Johnson hasn’t appeared at any candidate forums because he believes his time is better spent phoning Republicans to seek their vote. He hasn’t even met Berryhill.

“No reason to,” he explained.

Here are some of Berryhill’s positions:

STATE BUDGET: Supports passing a budget in a “responsible time frame,” but he won’t support the $20 billion budget deficits the state has faced the past several years. He predicts that the Legislature will be more centrist after this year’s election and the 2012 election.

GLOBAL WARMING: Supports Proposition 23 on the November ballot, which would suspend California’s global warming bill. He considers current global warming regulations “back breakers” for small businesses.

WILLIAMSON ACT: Supports restoring state subventions to counties for the Williamson Act, which is an incentive to keep land rural.

GUNS: A strong believer in residents’ right to bear arms.

Here is Johnson’s platform:

STATE BUDGET: “The continuous budget impasses that occur every year in Sacramento are juvenile and unprofessional,” he says. He proposes that the expiring budget be automatically rolled over with no interruption if the Legislature fails to pass a balanced budget by the time required in the state Constitution.

HEALTH CARE: Supports single-payer health care system. He says it’s something that Congress should adopt, but since it hasn’t, the state should adopt its own. He says it would substantially drop the cost of health care for everyone because the 30 to 40 percent markup for insurance company profits are phased out and the 25 percent added costs to doctors to complete additional insurance paperwork would also be phased out.

Berryhill opposes the single-payer system, saying it’s another back breaker for small business.

BANKING: Urges the state to form its own bank, with its customers limited to California residents. Johnson said it would give California residents and businesses a substantial advantage in getting necessary capital for purchases and business expansion and research at low interest rates. Bank profits would be paid directly to the general budget and thereby reduce taxes, he said.

Johnson also wants stricter oversight of the interest rates being charged by banks and credit issuers. The law would be a reinstitution of usury laws and establish a maximum interest rate of eight percent.

Berryhill opposes the state bank idea.

“It’s the first time I’ve heard such a scheme, so I don’t have any comment on it,” he said. “You have got to look at who’s going to fund it and regulate it. I don’t think this thing has been thought out.”

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 35

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists