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GOP recognizes first McNerney foe

Ricky Gill

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee put GOP congressional candidate Ricky Gill on its “radar” today in recognition of the Lodi native and UC-Berkeley law student’s early fundraising prowess. Gill has declared himself a candidate in the new 9th District where incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney intends to run. (McNerney has represented the 11th District for the past six years but under the newly adopted district boundaries, he will move to the 9th District. It includes  Click here to view the new district map.)

The nod recognizes Gill’s rather extraordinary early fundraising numbers. Per the most recent Federal Election Commission report, Gill had raised $446,484 as of June 30. Even after subtracting the candidate’s personal contributions of nearly $20,000, his total is still substantially higher than what either of McNerney’s last two challengers had collected in the same point in their campaigns.

2010 challenger David Harmer posted contributions of $175,131 in his July 2009 quarterly report, while 2008 opponent Dean Andal had $288,168 in July 2007.

Comparisons are tricky, however. The district boundaries have changed and the party registration in the new district favors Democrats by 9 percentage points, a higher margin than the old district.  The shift is largely due to the inclusion in the new 9th District of the bluer portions of  Stockton.

Here is the NRCC’s full release:

Ricky Gill Advances to ‘On the Radar’

California Republican Candidate Takes Second Step to Achieving ‘Young Gun’ Status

Washington — The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced Ricky Gill as an ‘On the Radar’ candidate, the important second step in the ‘Young Guns’ program. Founded during the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the ‘Young Guns’ program is a Member-driven effort that is the primary method for recruiting strong candidates for both open-seat and challenger races. Gill is running for California’s Ninth Congressional District.

“We are looking forward to working with Ricky Gill, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position his campaign for victory,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Ricky Gill’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed Democrat status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to the Democrats’ record of spending, borrowing and taxing that California families and small businesses know has failed.”

Specifically, the ‘Young Guns’ program encourages candidates who have proven their ability to meet crucial campaign benchmarks to develop their campaigns further in order to achieve victory on Election Day. In achieving ‘On the Radar’ status, Gill has met organizational and fundraising benchmarks and has already begun to establish himself as a strong contender. Gill will now work toward even higher goals that will help him advance in the ‘Young Guns’ program and build an effective, winning campaign.

Ricky Gill is a native of San Joaquin County, born and raised in Lodi, California. In 2004, Gill was named to the California State Board of Education, making him the youngest member of the administration. Gill graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Gill will use his experience in leadership and discipline to fight the failed big-government status quo in Washington championed by Democrats in order to restore pro-growth policies that will promote fiscal responsibility and job creation to America.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen