CD11: Harmer secures congressional endorsements



California GOP Reps. Buck McKeon of Santa Clarita and Wally Herger of Chico have endorsed congressional District 11 Republican primary candidate David Harmer.

Harmer is one of six people who have declared their candidacies in the CD11 primary. The winner will challenge incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

Here’s the release from Harmer’s campaign:

Today, California Congressmen Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) and Wally Herger (R-Chico) announced their support for David Harmer for the 11th Congressional District GOP nomination. These significant endorsements come from two of the California delegation’s most senior and staunchly pro-taxpayer members – and they add even more influence to an already impressive list of campaign supporters.

“Congressional Republicans are united in defense of the taxpayer and the small business owner,” said Congressman McKeon. “As a result, voters have confidence in the GOP’s ability to lead America out of this financial mess, and that confidence sets the stage for victory in the 11th Congressional District. However, we first need a proven candidate with the toughness and drive to get the job done. That’s David Harmer.”

“As House Republicans work to restore accountability and fiscal responsibility in Washington, we need common sense conservatives and accomplished businessmen and women who are committed to traditional values and with whom voters can identify,” added Congressman Herger. “I believe David Harmer is a strong candidate who represents those principles, and he has my full support.”

Congressman McKeon is the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Herger is the ranking member on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.

Their support adds to the growing Harmer campaign team – one that includes 2008 GOP nominee and former Assemblyman Dean Andal, along with former Congressmen Norm Shumway and Bill Baker, Walnut Creek Mayor Sue Rainey and her husband, former State Senator Richard Rainey, and former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach, among dozens of others.

The son of former California State Senator and Lt. Governor John Harmer, David Harmer 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 career, David Harmer was recruited by Senator Orrin Hatch as counsel to a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. From there, David took his expertise in constitutional law to Pacific Legal Foundation, where he defended property rights and other freedoms in state and federal courts. David was also a Resident Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and his book on education reform was published by the Cato Institute, America’s foremost market-oriented public policy organization.

David and his wife, Elayne, live in San Ramon, where they are busy raising their four young children. 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.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen