Four NRIs lost the Congressional election and Dr. Ami Bera elected
STOCKTON, CA, Nov. 07, 2012
Ricky Gill, Congressional candidate called Congressman McNerney to congratulate him on his victory and gave best wishes to the Congressman and his family. He said he will continue willingness to act as a resource and to help him serve this community in any manner possible. He further gave his statement:
- I am enormously proud of the campaign we ran, and I am humbled by the tireless efforts of the many volunteers, neighbors, and supporters who threw their efforts behind it.
- Although we did not emerge victorious in this campaign, I believe we accomplished something extraordinary. We put this community and its people first, and we took our story to the national stage. We fought for jobs, education, and common-sense government. We made clear that the American Dream will rise once again in this community we love so dearly.
As this campaign closes, I encourage all residents of the 9th District to come together and work towards the bipartisan, lasting reforms this country so badly needs. I wish Congressman McNerney the best, and I congratulate him on a hard-fought victory.
He lost by more than 10,000 votes (nearly seven per cent votes) to incumbent Democrat Jerry Mc Nerney.
Tulsi Gabbard, 31 created history by becoming the first NRI, winning her Hawaii seat by trouncing her Republican rival in a one-sided contest.. Her Hindu mother Carol Porter Gabbard is an educator and business owner and father Mike Gabbard is Hawaii State Senator
Four other NRIs (non-resident Indians) who have lost the Congressional elections, were Dr Syed Taj, Dr Manan Trivedi, Upendra Chivukula and Jack Uppala
Dr. Ami Bera, 45 had a lead of just 184 votes against his Republican rival and incumbent Dan Lungren, the Seventh Congressional District in California. Bera received 88,406 votes, which makes it 50.1 per cent of the total votes counted, whereas Lungren received 88,222 votes, 49.9 per cent of the votes.
DELTA, VALLEY FARMERS STAND WITH RICKY GILL
Farm Bureaus and Dozens of Local Farmers Endorse Gill
STOCKTON, CA, October 23, 2012 - Lodi Congressional candidate Ricky Gill has earned the endorsement of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation, the Contra Costa County Farm Bureau, and more than four dozen local agriculture leaders.
"We are proud to endorse Ricky Gill for U.S. Congress," said Bruce Fry, President of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation. "Ricky is not only a neighbor and fellow grower -- he's also a rising star who is committed to protecting our agricultural heritage in the San Joaquin Valley and Delta."
"From defending our water rights to promoting trade opportunities, we know Ricky will play a leading role in fighting for our interests in Washington," said Fry.
Contra Costa County Farm Bureau President Wayne Reeves echoed that sentiment.
"Farmers in Contra Costa County need a leader who will stand up for us in Washington," said Reeves. "We firmly believe Ricky Gill is that leader. As a family farmer with roots in this district, Ricky will stand up against the peripheral tunnels that would devastate our economy. He'll also fight to create agriculture jobs by promoting new trade agreements and reducing unnecessary regulation."
"The bottom line is that Ricky will fight for Contra Costa County farmers. That's why we are proud to endorse him for U.S. Congress," Reeves said.
More than four dozen local agriculture leaders joined the farm bureaus in endorsing Gill, whose family has grown winegrapes and cherries in San Joaquin County and Sacramento County for three decades. The following agriculture leaders endorsed Gill:
Bob Brocchini, Brocchini Farms
Ed Zuckerman, Delta Bluegrass Company
Phil Brumley, almond/walnut/rice grower
Bob & Kimberly Caffese, Caffese Farming Company
Mark Chandler, Mokelumne River Partners
Steve & Jeanne Coldani, Coldani Farms/Coldani Olive Ranch
Barbara Coldani, Coldani Farms/Coldani Olive Ranch
Bill Cook, Calva Products
Dino Cortopassi, Cortopassi Farms
Joe & Sherry Cotta, Joe A. Cotta Vineyards
Joseph A. Duarte, Duarte Farms
Jerry Fry, Mohr-Fry Ranches
Fritz & Phyllis Grupe, Shady Oaks Ranch
Jack & Pati Hamm, Lima Ranch
Gail Kautz, Ironstone Vineyards
Brad Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
Randy Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
Charlene Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards
Bob Lauchland, JR Lauchland & Sons
John Ledbetter, Vino Farms
Craig Ledbetter, Vino Farms
Ralph Lucchetti, Lucchetti Farms
Rudy Maggio, Oak Ridge Winery
Mike Manna, Manna Ranch
Matt Manna, Manna Ranch
James McLeod, McLeod Farms
George Perry, George Perry & Sons
Art Perry, George Perry & Sons
George Perry, Jr., George Perry & Sons
Fred Podesta, Podesta Farms
Don Reynolds, M&R Packing
Lawrence & Beverly Sambado, Primavera Marketing
Richard Samra, Phillaur Corporation
Kevin Sanguinetti, Sanguinetti Farms
Mark & Gayle Shimozaki, Shimozaki Farms
Pat Stockar, Stockar Ranch/South River Ranch
Jack & Claire Stone, Stone Ranch
Robert Tanaka, Tanaka Land Company
Henry & Joyce Van De Pol, G and H Dairy
John & Susan Vander Schaaf, Vander Schaaf Dairy
Hank & Carolyn Van Exel, Van Exel Dairy
Dave & Sherrie Van Vliet, Double V Ranches
Peter Wolfe, Wolfe Ranch
Bill Zech, Access Land Company
RICKY GILL RAISES $720,000 IN THIRD QUARTER
STOCKTON, CA, October 11, 2012 - Congressional candidate Ricky Gill raised over $720,000 in the fundraising quarter ending on September 30, continuing a trend of successful quarters in which he consistently has outraised incumbent Congressman Jerry McNerney.
Gill now has raised more than $2.3 million over the course of the campaign, almost exclusively from individual donors and largely from California's San Joaquin Valley and Delta region. Gill ended the third quarter with over $1.1 million cash on hand.
According to a recent poll, Gill is leading the incumbent among likely voters and holds a 20-point advantage among independents.
POLL: GILL LEADS MCNERNEY
Challenger Leads by 20 Points Among Independent Voters
STOCKTON, CA, October 10, 2012 - Congressional candidate Ricky Gill (R-Lodi) holds a 46-45 lead over incumbent Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), according to a poll of likely voters conducted from September 30 to October 2.
The poll, conducted by the Tarrance Group and summarized here, finds that Gill has overtaken McNerney with only one month remaining until the election. Nine percent of likely voters remain undecided.
Gill leads McNerney by 20 points among Decline to State and independent voters, according to the poll.
Also significantly, the poll finds the proportion of voters who view McNerney unfavorably is equal to those who view him favorably. McNerney is viewed particularly unfavorably by voters in San Joaquin County, by seniors, and by Latino voters.
The poll was completed prior to the first presidential debate on October 3. n.