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Tony Amador to run for Lodi-Galt Assembly seat

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Tony Amador

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 4:01 pm | Updated: 6:06 am, Tue Jan 17, 2012.

Tony Amador, who ran for Congress and the Lodi City Council in 2010, will try the Lodi-Galt area's new state Assembly district this year.

Two other candidates have announced their candidacy for the 9th Assembly District: Elk Grove City Councilwoman Sophia Scherman, a Republican, and Richard Pan of Sacramento, a Democratic assemblyman in the current Fifth District.

Amador ran for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in 2010, but he placed third behind Republicans David Harmer and Brad Goehring in the June primary.

In November of the same year, Amador was defeated in a Lodi City Council bid.

Amador touts his familiarity of the entire district, which stretches from Lodi to South Sacramento. In addition to living in Lodi since 2009, he lived the previous 10 years in Elk Grove. His children and grandchildren still live in Elk Grove.

Due to the new open-primary system that takes effect with the June primary, all candidates, regardless of party, will appear on the same ballot. Amador said by approving the open-primary system, the voters sent a strong message that they are tired of partisan politics.

Amador's top priorities include tackling the pension system for public employees, stopping plans for a bullet train linking Northern and Southern California because the state can't afford it, and putting an end to excess regulations, especially on schools and farmers.

Amador is a retired U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of California. He previously served as a Los Angeles police officer, chairman of the Youthful Offender Parole Board and director of the California Youth Authority.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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