CD9: Let the endorsement battle begin

Ricky Gill

Republican congressional candidate Ricky Gill, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, put out a lengthy endorsement list this morning.  (See full list below.)

The men are running for the new 9th Congressional District, a seat comprised largely of San Joaquin County and a chunk of east Contra Costa County including Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay and Byron.  McNerney has represented since 2006 the old 11th District, which spanned four counties.

Let’s be clear. Most voters don’t care a whit about endorsements. The practice of attaching names to your candidacy is largely a fund-raising mechanism intended to give an impression –which may also be true — of voluminous grassroots support.

Read through for Gill’s press release:

LODI, CA, September 13, 2011 – More than 20 local leaders in agriculture —
including farmers, ranchers, and current and former elected officials — today
endorsed Ricky Gill in his campaign for U.S. Congress. The endorsers represent a
broad cross-section of the strongly agricultural 9th Congressional District, where
Gill was born and raised.

“Ricky Gill knows agriculture,” said endorser John Ledbetter of Vino Farms. “He
will work tirelessly to ensure that the farmers and ranchers of the 9th District are
represented in Washington, where they’ve been neglected for far too long.”

In response to the endorsements, Gill reaffirmed his commitment to rejuvenating
agriculture in the Valley-Delta region encompassed by the 9th District. “I am
humbled and honored to have the support of these respected leaders in
agriculture,” said Gill. “This district’s next representative in Congress must
embrace agriculture, which is a vital component of our local economy and an
important source of jobs. That is why I intend to make agriculture a signature issue
of my campaign.”

The following agriculture leaders endorsed Gill:

Bill Berryhill, California State Assembly Member and winegrape grower
Leroy Ornellas, San Joaquin County Supervisor and dairy farmer
Greg Aghazarian, former California State Assembly Member
Jack Sieglock, former San Joaquin County Supervisor and former Lodi
Mark Chandler, Mokelumne River Partners
Steve and Jeanne Coldani, Coldani Farms/Coldani Olive Ranch
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Barbara Coldani, Coldani Farms/Coldani Olive Ranch
Jerry Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches
Gail Kautz, Ironstone Vineyards
Brad Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
Randy Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
Charlene Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
John Ledbetter, Vino Farms
Craig Ledbetter, Vino Farms
Rudy Maggio, Oak Ridge Winery
Fred Podesta, Podesta Farms
Don Reynolds, M&R Packing
Richard Samra, Phillaur Corporation
Kevin Sanguinetti, Sanguinetti Farms
Mark and Gayle Shimozaki, Shimozaki Farms
Pat Stockar, Stockar Ranch/South River Ranch
Robert Tanaka, Tanaka Land Company

Gill campaign consultant James Fisfis noted that the breadth of Gill’s
endorsements contrasted starkly with those of incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney,
D-Pleasanton. “

Jerry McNerney is out of touch with the agricultural roots of the 9th
District,” said Fisfis. “Given that he is moving more than 60 miles from the East
Bay to the San Joaquin Valley, it isn’t surprising that McNerney would attempt to
import his endorsements as well.”

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    You inadvertently omitted People Who Enjoy Eating Raisins Grown In The Central Valley