Congressional Candidate Gill to Report Over $470,000 Raised in Second Quarter
Has More Than $1 Million Cash On Hand
Ricky Gill, a National Republican Congressional Committee “Young Gun” candidate in California’s 9th District, which includes 70% of Antioch, will report raising over $470,000 in the quarter that ended on June 30. Gill also will report finishing the quarter with more than $1 million cash on hand.
In a three-way open primary on June 5th, Gill handily defeated a Republican opponent to advance to the November general election against incumbent Congressman Jerry McNerney. Gill earned 40.1 percent of the primary vote and held McNerney to just 47.8 percent. Running in a new district centered 50 miles away from his Pleasanton home, McNerney received a lower percentage of the primary vote than any other incumbent in the region.
“In 2010, a tough four-way Republican primary gave McNerney an unearned advantage,” said Gill consultant James Fisfis. “In this year’s primary, by contrast, Ricky won handily and immediately secured his Republican opponent’s endorsement. In this election, McNerney is not only weak and out of his element — he’s also facing a unified Republican opposition.”
Separately, voter registration figures in the 9th District continue to trend in the Republicans’ favor. At the end of July 2011, the district included 9.7 percent more registered Democrats than Republicans, according to Political Data, Inc. Over the past year, the gap has narrowed steadily, and it now stands at only 7.3 percent.
About Ricky Gill
Ricky Gill is a native of San Joaquin County who was 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 grew up helping manage his family’s vineyard operation and serving the community as chair of the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission. He has played an integral role in his family’s small business, which employs 60 people in the San Joaquin Valley, for several years. In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor to the California State Board of Education, where he served as the sole representative of more than six million public school students. He subsequently served as an adviser to the California Secretary of Education. Ricky now serves as a member of the Lodi Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, Ricky earned his Juris Doctor at the University of California, Berkeley. The National Republican Congressional Committee has named Ricky a “Young Gun” candidate.
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