Stockton’s Republican mayor endorses McNerney

Stockton Mayor Ed Chavez, a Republican, has endorsed Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, for re-election over GOP challenger and Stockton resident Dean Andal.

The mayor of the 11th Congressional District‘s largest city — also a 30-year Stockton Police veteran, including 10 years as chief — has been “impressed with what Congressman McNerney has done in his short tenure in office,” he said in McNerney’s news release.

“He’s back in California every weekend — in fact, it’s nearly impossible to spend a Saturday in Stockton without running into him,” Chavez said. “He’s committed to serving his constituents well by helping create family-wage jobs in renewable energy, bringing home federal funds for important infrastructure projects in our region, working to make sure veterans have access to services they’ve earned, and being open, available and accessible to members of our community. He puts the needs of his constituents first; that’s why he earns my endorsement.”

It’s the second hometown snub this week for Andal, a former Assemblyman and Board of Equalization member; McNerney was endorsed Tuesday by Dr. Everett Low of Stockton, who serves beside Andal on the board of the Lincoln Unified School District.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.