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Larry Pegram drops out of Congress race as David Harmer joins the fray

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Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:00 am

One of the six Republicans in the 11th Congressional District race this year announced on Monday that he was dropping out of the race and lending his support to a newcomer who entered the race on Monday.

Former San Jose City Councilman and police officer Larry Pegram dropped out of the race and immediately lent his support to Republican David Harmer, who lost to Democrat John Garamendi in a special election in November in the neighboring 10th Congressional District.

In a separate announcement on Monday, Harmer said in an e-mail that Republican leaders have asked him to run for the 11th District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

Other Republican candidates in the 11th District race are Tony Amador and Robert Beadles, both of Lodi, Elizabeth Emken, of Danville, Brad Goehring, of Clements, and Jeff Takada, of Manteca.

Harmer lives outside the 11th, but it isn't a requirement for members of Congress to live within the district boundaries.

Harmer lives in a portion of San Ramon that he says is two miles from the 11th Congressional District. He said most of the school districts where he lives are in the 11th District, as is the church he attends and the Costco where he shops.

Additionally, many donors and volunteers during his 10th District campaign against Garamendi live in the 11th, Harmer said.

In the November special election, Garamendi, a Democrat, defeated Harmer by a 53 to 42.7 percent margin. Garamendi, who lives in Walnut Grove, replaces Ellen Tauscher of Walnut Creek, who resigned from Congress after being appointed to the position of undersecretary for arms security in the Obama administration.

Harmer is an attorney and businessman, according to his Web site, www.harmerforcongress.com. He is the son of former Lt. Gov. and State Sen. John Harmer. He and his wife, Elayne, have four children.

In an October interview, Pegram said he still lived in San Jose but planned to move to Pleasanton, which is in the 11th District. The district includes the Lodi area and most of San Joaquin County.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

Two county supervisors endorse Brad Goehring

San Joaquin County Supervisors Ken Vogel and Leroy Ornellas have announced their endorsement of Brad Goehring, of Clements, for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, according to Goehring's campaign.

Source: Brad Goehring

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