On the same day the independent “citizen” mapping commission released final congressional and legislative map boundaries, Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, launched his re-election campaign.
Under new boundaries set for adoption in August, McNerney will run in a seat that largely overlaps by two-thirds his current district. The new 9th District will include the bulk of San Joaquin County and stretch into eastern Contra Costa County communities of Oakley, Brentwood, Discovery Bay and portions of Antioch. He loses the Tri- and San Ramon valleys to neighboring districts.
McNerney doesn’t live in the new district but the law doesn’t require it.
Here’s what the congressman said:
MCNERNEY LAUNCHES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY/EAST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY DISTRICT
Stockton, CA – Congressman Jerry McNerney today launched his re-election campaign for the San Joaquin County and East Contra Costa County congressional district. Congressman McNerney has represented San Joaquin County and East Contra Costa County for almost 5 years.
“I’m proud and honored to launch my re-election campaign for the San Joaquin County/East Contra Costa district,” said Rep. McNerney. “This area has a resilient spirit, a strong sense of community and a great future ahead. I’m deeply committed to this area and excited to continue working for San Joaquin and East Contra Costa Counties.”
Congressman McNerney currently represents a majority of the voters in the San Joaquin County/East Contra Costa County congressional district and is the incumbent Member of Congress for the area.
“After spending so much time in San Joaquin County, it truly is my home,” continued Rep. McNerney. “That’s why I’m planning to move my residence to San Joaquin County and put down even more roots in this community. I’m going to continue to fight for San Joaquin County and East Contra Costa County.”
During his time as the representative for this area, Congressman McNerney led the effort to bring a new veterans medical facility and nursing home to San Joaquin County, wrote a new law to improve treatment for service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries, and helped secure millions of dollars in funding for local infrastructure projects, including for the Port of Stockton and Highway 4 in Brentwood.
Congressman McNerney also held countless public meetings in cities throughout San Joaquin County and East Contra Costa County. He has made accessibility to the people he represents a top priority and travels home to California from Washington D.C. nearly every weekend.