At this moment, last year’s unsuccessful Congressional District 10 candidate David Harmer is scheduled to announce on KFSO radio with talk show host Brian Sussman his plans to run this year in the neighboring District 11 Republican primary.
Okay, so let’s get this out of the way. No, Harmer doesn’t live in District 11. He lives in Dougherty Valley in District 10. Yes, he can run. The Constitution requires that members of Congress live in the state from which they are elected, not the specific district.
Harmer, an attorney, joins six other declared CD11 GOP candidates: Brad Goehring, a Lodi grapegrower; children’s advocate Elizabeth Emken of Danville; construction safety signage company owner and author Robert Beadles of Lodi; former U.S. Marshal Tony Amador of Lodi; Manteca teacher Jeff Takada and former San Jose Councilman Larry Pegram, now living in Tracy.
The primary victor will presumably challenge incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton.
Harmer’s entry into the CD11 race will prove very interesting. Harmer waged a surprisingly strong although ultimately unsuccessful campaign in the heavily Democratic CD10. The party registration is much closer in CD11 — less than one-third of one percentage point in favor of the GOP.
On the other hand, Harmer made a big deal in the CD10 race about how Garamendi doesn’t live in the district. His primary opponents will undoubtedly make the same observation about his residency.
Read on for Harmer’s press release sent out just after he announced:
David Harmer To Carry GOP Banner In 11th Congressional District
(San Ramon) — Today Republican businessman, attorney, and GOP leader David Harmer announced his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District, bringing to the race a broad donor base and battle-ready volunteer army.
“Voters are ready for Republican leadership on issues that matter most, including cutting the size and cost of our federal government and balancing a runaway federal budget,” said David Harmer. “Over the past year, we’ve seen firsthand a dramatic shift as voters have grown tired of a Democratic controlled Congress that has spent our government trillions of dollars into new debt.”
“Jerry McNerney claims to be a moderate Democrat, but his voting record is well to left of his district. On every significant vote, he supports the liberal agenda of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” continued Harmer. “Now is the time for real reform. Let’s make our government live within its means. Let’s promote economic growth and prosperity. Let’s reject the tired philosophy of bigger government, more debt, and higher taxes. That’s why I’m running for Congress.”
David Harmer is an attorney and businessman with a long record of Republican leadership here in California. The son of former California State Senator and Lt. Governor John Harmer, David began his lifelong involvement in politics at age four, when he walked precincts for his father, who won an upset victory in the Glendale-based 21st district and went on to become one of Governor Reagan’s key allies in the state legislature.
Early in his professional career, David served as a Fellow of the College of Public Interest Law at Pacific Legal Foundation, defending First and Fifth Amendment rights in state and federal appellate courts. David was also a Resident Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he researched and advocated conservative approaches to education and training, and he has written several policy analyses for the Cato Institute, America’s foremost market-oriented ‘think tank’ policy organization.
In 2009, David Harmer answered the call of state and national Republican leaders by running against Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi in the neighboring 10th Congressional District special election. In that heavily Democratic district, David ran fourteen percentage points ahead of Republican voter registration while also raising an impressive $838,000 from more than 3,000 contributors in just six months.
“The heavyweight has just entered the race in the 11th Congressional District,” said Harmer Spokesman Tim Clark. “David Harmer is a battle-tested candidate who has proven his mettle against one of California’s toughest Democratic opponents. David enters this race with a strong national fundraising base and hundreds of highly experienced, motivated Republican volunteers.”
“Make no mistake; David Harmer is the one candidate Democrats didn’t want to see running for the 11th District,” continued Clark. “If he runs fourteen points ahead of registration in the 11th District, David will win this seat by a comfortable margin.”
David and his wife Elayne live in the East Bay where they are busy raising four young children. Over the past decade, he has served as in-house counsel for several major financial companies, and in his spare time, David has served as a coach for the San Ramon Soccer Club, merit badge counselor for six scout troops, and treasurer and vice president of a local education fund.