|Indian-American GOP candidate Ricky Gill.|
A Hot Swing Seat - An up and coming Republican vs a Democrat Carpetbagger who just moved into the district
- One of four targeted seats in California.
- The Democrat has never lived in the district he wants to represent.
There will be a showdown in the Stockton centered 9th Congressional District seat between incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney and Republican Ricky Gill, a 25-year-old political newcomer, this November.
In the primary McNerney led with 35,088 votes, or 48.4 percent. Gill had 28,652 votes, or 39.5 percent. John McDonald, also a Republican, came in third with 8,792 votes, or 12.1 percent.
McNerney, 60, is running on his record during his third two-year term in Congress. He touted being a moderate Democrat despite Republican leaders saying he is a tax-and-spend liberal.
McNerney has also had a high profile in issues like veterans’ affairs, maintaining the Delta and strongly opposing the proposed Peripheral Canal that would transport Northern California water to Southern California and southern San Joaquin Valley.
He carpetbagged and moved into the district from Pleasanton to Stockton on May 1, since the new 9th Congressional District is centered in San Joaquin County.
Ricky Gill -- "New Direction"
Gill, who turned 25 in May, based his campaign on being born and raised in Lodi and being better aware of San Joaquin County issues that his two opponents.
Gill also called criticized McNerney for being out of touch with San Joaquin County residents due to his East Bay roots, and said McNerney is not a moderate Democrat as he claims.
The California Farm Bureau Federation has endorsed Ricky Gill, a family farmer, running against Carpetbagger Congressman Jerry McNerney.
Gill a San Joaquin Native
Ricky Gill is a native of San Joaquin County, born and raised in Lodi, California. The son of immigrant parents, Ricky is a small business owner, a family farmer, and a former member of the California State Board of Education whose story speaks to the power of the American dream.
Ricky is the only candidate with local roots in the 9th Congressional District. A Lodi native and graduate of Tokay High School, Ricky has a long record of service to the communities of this district. As a high school student, he volunteered at St. Mary's Interfaith Community Services for the Homeless in Stockton, where he helped provide medical care for the indigent, and at Lodi Memorial Hospital.
He was appointed by the Mayor of Lodi to co-chair the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission, where he was charged with developing career opportunities for local youth. In 2006, he championed the property rights of local farmers in a Lodi News-Sentinel op-ed article. Ricky now serves as a member of the Lodi Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors..
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|California's 9th Congressional District.|
The district is centered in the Central Valley city of Stockton and includes Antioch, Brentwood and Lodi.
The district is 45% Democrat, 35% Republican and 20% Independents and 3rd Party members.