Congressional Candidate Gill to Report Over $470,000 Raised in Second Quarter

Has More Than $1 Million Cash On Hand

Ricky Gill

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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4 Comments to “Congressional Candidate Gill to Report Over $470,000 Raised in Second Quarter”

  1. Mark M says:

    Simply repeating a Republican press release – hardly constitutes a news story! At least, not in the proud tradition of unbiased jounalism, that once made us a great nation.

    One thing these statistics fail to mention, is that California Democrats have a tradition of far greater involvement by grassroots activists, than the Republicans, and this is what has resulted in a constant string of Democratic election successes…..keeping California Blue.

    Remember the millions of dollars, that Republicans like Meg Whitman, and Carly Fiorina blew, in the last election…. producing abrasive TV ads…with no information content….only to lose the election, by a landslide?

    Wouldn’t we all have been better off, if they had not wasted that money, on a longshot…and instead spent that money on our schools?

    • Publisher says:

      Mr. Metzler,
      Thank you for your comments and for reading the
      With a limited staff and resources, we publish news releases as we receive them, whether they be from elected officeholders or candidates, and regardless of political party, as long as that officeholder represents or candidate seeks to represent Antioch.
      However, if we are aware of information being provided that’s false, we will edit the news release, and/or we will provide additional information as deemed appropriate.
      I’m not sure how long you’ve been a reader of this website, but you can go back and read news releases from Democrat incumbents such as State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and County Supervisor Federal Glover, as well.
      Allen Payton

      • For the record…

        Gill as of May 16 had raised about $1.38 million and spent about $675,000 with about $708,000 cash on hand remaining; McNerney, D-Stockton, had raised about $1.24 million and spent about $553,000 but had about $926,000 cash on hand.

  2. Jake Hanebutt says:

    Good for him. We need a local voice in congress, not someone that simply rubber-stamps everything Pelosi asks him to.

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