GOP Lodi grapegrower to announce CD11 candidacy

Brad Goehring

Brad Goehring

Native San Joaquin County farmer Brad Goehring will announce his candidacy Tuesday as a Republican candidate in the 2010 race for the 11th Congressional District.

Click here to visit his website.

Goehring has never held public office but given voters’ low opinion of Congress these days, that might not be a bad thing.

According to his biography, the resident of Clements and father of three is a member at large of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau and is a national expert on the federal Clean Water Act. I’m also told he was a college water-skiing champion.

His family has been farming in the area for four generations, which ought to give him some name identification in his home county although he is unknown elsewhere. San Joaquin County comprises about 55 percent of the district’s voters, while the balance are split among Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Party registration in the district is almost dead even between Republicans and Democrats.

He has hired Carl Fogliani, owner of Fogliani Strategies, as his campaign consultant. Fogliani was the campaign manager of the former Congressman Richard Pombo’s 2006 re-election campaign.

Goehring appears to be the first Republican — as of tomorrow — to officially declare his candidacy for the 2010 primary and set out on a path to potentially challenge Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the November 2010 general election. Goehring filed a his federal statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission on June 16.

Meanwhile, the web site of Republican David Bernal of San Ramon states that he has opened an exploratory committee for a possible 11th District run. Also, Republican leaders are courting Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf but he remains undecided.

Dean Andal, who ran unsuccessfully against McNerney in 2008, has said he will not run again.

UPDATE 3:48 PM: I just learned from Frank Aquila, president of South San Joaquin County Republicans, of another GOP declared candidate, Jon Del Arroz of Danville. Check out his web site at www.delarroz.com.
Click here to read his FEC statement of organization.

Read more for Goehring’s official press release:

Brad Goehring Announces Candidacy in 11th Congressional District

San Joaquin businessman and Ag leader jumps into race against vulnerable Congressman Jerry McNerney.

Stockton (CA) -Brad Goehring, a leader in the San Joaquin County agricultural community and small businessman from Clements has entered the race for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional district.  The 11th congressional district is currently held by vulnerable Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).

“I am running because I believe it is time for our representatives in Washington to show some responsibility.  The solutions put forward on the critical issues we face in our country today seem to lack any responsibility.  I want to go to Washington and stop the bailouts and attacks on free enterprise and hard working taxpayers,” said Goehring.

“Everyone knows that Washington is broken.  There are solutions that can be found without raiding the treasury and making our kids and grandkids pick up the tab,” continued Goehring.  “I want to find solutions that put families back to work and channel our energies into creating good paying jobs in the private sector.  Without a healthy, growing private sector we cannot move American forward.”

Brad Goehring was born in 1965 in Lodi into a fourth-generation San Joaquin Valley farm family.  He was raised in Lodi and graduated from Lodi High School.  After attending San Joaquin Delta College, Brad majored in Business Administration at CSU-Chico, all while learning the value of hard work as a farm laborer in his family’s orchards and vineyards from the age of 11. He has owned and operated Goehring Vineyards, Inc. since returning from school.

Brad and his wife Kristin were married in 1997 and they have three children, Lexus, Bryson, and Brielle.  They make their home in Clements in northern San Joaquin County.

Brad currently serves on the Board of the Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.  Recognized statewide as a leader on agricultural issues, Brad serves as Director at Large for the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau and as national spokesman for the California Farm Bureau’s work on the Clean Water Act.

Goehring’s website is now active at www.goehringforcongress.com.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen