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Tony Amador to head San Joaquin County Republican Party

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Tony Amador

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

Lodi's Tony Amador, who lost to Democrat Richard Pan in November's 9th Assembly District race, was recently elected chairman of the San Joaquin County Republican Central Committee.

As the county's Republican Party leader, Amador will oversee a year-round campaign organization charged with electing Republicans to every office throughout the county.

He is charged with executing programs designed to register more Republicans, recruiting volunteers, training candidates, endorsing Republicans for local offices and turning out the Republican vote during elections, according to a Central Committee news release.

"Tony brings the type of leadership the California Republican Party needs to regain its position as the voice of reason and common sense in the state," Garry Duncan of Woodbridge, whose term as the county's party chairman has ended, said in a written statement.

Amador is a veteran of seeking public office, but he's fallen short of being elected. In addition to losing to Pan in 2012, Amador ran for two offices in 2010. He lost to David Harmer for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District. Later in 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for a Lodi City Council seat.

Amador has an extensive law enforcement background, including service at the state and national levels. He served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 13 years, was appointed by succeeding governors to serve as a board member of the Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority,

He also chaired the Youthful Offender Parole Board, was director of the California Youth Authority, deputy director of the Employment Development Department and member of California Public Employment Relations Board.

At the national level, Amador was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as vice chairman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of California.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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