David Harmer may be seeking to oust Democrat Jerry McNerney after two terms in Congress, but Harmer wouldn't attack him personally the day after winning the Republican primary on Tuesday.
"Congressman McNerney is an honorable man who is doing what he believes is right, but it's not working," Harmer said. "The economy is struggling right now. The private sector is struggling while the federal government is fat and happy."
McNerney, of Pleasanton, was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Meanwhile, he watched four Republicans battle it out in the primary. Harmer, a San Ramon attorney, received 18,504 votes (36.4 percent); Goehring, a Clements farmer, was second with 14,120 votes (27.8 percent); retired U.S. Marshal Tony Amador of Lodi got 9,877 votes (19.4 percent); and Elizabeth Emken, an autism research advocate from Danville, received 8,361 votes (16.4 percent).
"Not only did we win; we won big." Harmer said of the Republican race. "The margin of victory was nine percent. In a two-candidate race, it's solid. In a four-way race, it's huge."
Harmer noted that he won his home county — Contra Costa — along with Alameda and Santa Clara. He finished what he described as "a very strong second" in San Joaquin County, a Goehring stronghold.
McNerney was unavailable for comment on Wednesday, but he issued a written statement about his upcoming campaign against Harmer.
Describing himself as "an independent voice for our area," McNerney targeted his main focus on helping Americans recover from the recession and improving conditions for veterans.
"These are tough times, and I'll continue making the hard choices that reign in unnecessary spending and stop Wall Street bankers from getting rich off our tax dollars," McNerney said.
Harmer said that one of Congress' major problems is not being fiscally astute, and that includes the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts.
Businesses and individuals are in credit card debt due to severe federal regulations that force banks to lend less money and reduce credit to consumers, Harmer said.
"Banks want to lend money; they want to make it possible for customers to get loans," Harmer said. "But federal regulators are doing more to make it hard to do."
Meanwhile, McNerney touted his work for veterans and how he will continue to honor them.
"I've stood up for the men and women who served our country by writing a new law that will improve care for service members who return home with traumatic brain injuries," McNerney said. "I helped deliver a new veterans medical facility and nursing home for San Joaquin County, and I am fighting to keep the Livermore VA in veterans' hands."
Legislative races on November ballot
Many of the Assembly, State Senate and congressional district races in the Lodi-Galt area featured candidates who were unopposed, so in many cases, there was no decision for voters to make during Tuesday's primary election. Here are some of the key elections in November:
11th Congressional District (includes Lodi area): Incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney, Republican David Harmer, American Independent Party candidate David Christensen. Harmer defeated three opponents in Republican primary; McNerney and Christensen were unopposed.
3rd Congressional District (Galt, Herald): Incumbent Republican Dan Lungren, Democrat Ami Bera, American Independent Party candidate Jerry Leidecker, Libertarian Douglas Arthur "Art" Tuma, Peace and Freedom candidate Michael Roskey. All ran unopposed in the primary.
10th Assembly District (most of Lodi area): Incumbent Democrat Alyson Huber, Republican Jack Sieglock, Libertarian Janice Bonser, Peace and Freedom candidate Albert Troyer. All ran unopposed in the primary.
15th Assembly District (Galt, Thornton): Incumbent Democrat Joan Buchanan, Republican Abram Wilson. Both ran unopposed in the primary.
26th Assembly District (Lockeford, Clements, Morada, parts of Victor and Acampo): Incumbent Republican Bill Berryhill, Democrat Tim Weintz Sr. Both ran unopposed in the primary.
14th State Senate District (Lodi area): Republican Tom Berryhill, Democrat Larry Johnson. Berryhill defeated four opponents in primary; Johnson was unopposed.
The filing period for local seats, such as City Council, school board, and fire and water districts, will be from mid-July to early August.