It is a daunting task for Republicans to win in California. A response to my previous piece on the June 5 primary from a Californian said, in effect, Republicans winning in California is just a pipe dream. For the most part, I agree with that statement. If a Republican resident of California is unable to move out of the state, then he should at least try to move into one of the congressional districts where he has a fighting chance of electing a Republican for representation in the US House. A minimum of thirty of the fifty-three congressional districts are out-of-reach for Republicans.
Yesterday, the California Democrats did not have the great big victory they dreamed of having. Currently there are 36 Democrats and 19 Republicans in the California congressional delegation, and they dreamed of increasing that number to 42 Democrats and reducing Republicans to 13. Not going to happen. If nothing changes between now and November, the new California congressional delegation will be comprised of 35 Democrats and 20 Republicans. The Republicans have a fighting chance to improve to 32 Democrats and 23 Republicans. All 15 incumbent Republicans were the top vote getter in their primary. Below is information regarding the five open seats with the Republican being the top vote getter; and one open seat and (two with Democrat incumbents) with a Republican as a close second in the primary. It is daunting, but hard work in GOTV makes winning in some parts of California doable.
California’s 1st congressional district (Redding open seat)
I am honored to be running to represent the First District in Congress and to have the support of our current Representative, Wally Herger, who is retiring.
The First district is vast and unique. I consider it the real California. A place where family values, hard work and individual responsibility are still the norm. These are not the values of Washington, D.C., but they should be.
As a fourth generation farmer here in our district, I won’t let Washington change my values. I will always fight for what I believe in and for the best interests of my district and our country.
As your new representative in Washington, D.C., I will work to: Stop the spending spree and the misguided bailouts; Repeal unnecessary regulations that are a roadblock to economic growth; Increase water storage and delivery; and Stand up for our conservative values and our Constitutional rights.
I would be honored to receive your vote.
California’s 8th congressional District (Barstow open seat)
I’ve spent my lifetime defending America and the values that make us strong. We need leaders with the courage to stand on principle and fight for our values. That is my mission in Congressional District 8.
An infantry officer who served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps and a veteran of the Vietnam War, Paul’s military career spanned twenty-six years. His actions in combat earned him a number of honors, including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device. Paul retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel.
Retired from active military duty, Paul continued his service by seeking and winning a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council, ultimately serving as Mayor. Paul became known for his commitment to conservative fiscal policies that protected working families from higher taxes.
California’s 9th congressional district (Stockton Dem incumbent Jerry McNerney)
Indian American UC Berkeley law school student Ricky Gill
Our founding fathers endowed us with a brilliant system of representative government. Power ultimately rests on the consent of the governed. As such, citizens are given the chance to exercise accountability through the ballot box and other means. This election is about reviving the American Dream, the same one my immigrant parents embraced decades ago in San Joaquin County, where they are now physicians and farmers. Public service is a noble calling and certainly no stranger to me. Moving forward, I pledge to run as a candidate for the people, by the people and of the people from my native Congressional District.
California’s 21st congressional district (Hanford open seat)
The Valadao family emigrated from the Azores Islands of Portugal to the United States in 1969. After settling in the Central Valley, David’s father started a small dairy farm in Kings County in 1973. David was born April 14, 1977. As young men, David and his brothers learned the value of hard work by rising early in the morning to labor on the dairy alongside their parents. They were blessed to achieve the American Dream of entrepreneurship and are proud of the business they have built as a family. They consider their many employees to be a part of their extended family.
Intimately involved in the dairy industry, David has taken on leadership roles within the California Milk Advisory Board, Western States Dairy Trade Association, and was elected as Regional Leadership Council Chairman for Land O’ Lakes Inc., a Fortune 200 Company.
Having to live and operate a business while suffering the consequences of rules and regulations imposed by out of touch bureaucrats in Washington and Sacramento is one of the reasons David decided to run for the newly drawn 21st Congressional seat. David’s leadership experience also led him to realize that he can make more of a difference for his family and the families of all in the District by working to craft solutions instead of sitting on the sidelines complaining. Join with us in this journey. Electing David Valadao will help return prosperity to our region, and the families of the 21st District.
California’s 26th congressional district (Oxnard open seat)
Tony Strickland often points to his two children, Ruby Ruth and Tiny Tony, as the prime motivation behind his commitment to public service. An independent minded leader, Tony works tirelessly to ensure his children, and ours, are given the same opportunities he was given growing up in Ventura County.
That mindset was instilled in Tony at a young age by his father, Sergeant First Class Donald Strickland, an Army drill sergeant who fought in Korea and Vietnam, and his mother Antonie, an émigré from Germany. The notion that every generation must leave their community better than they found it guides Tony to this day.
California’s 32nd congressional district (El Monte Dem incumbent Grace Napolitano)
A native of Southern California (Orange County), David currently lives in the San Gabriel Valley, married with four children and two grandchildren. He works as a self-employed entrepreneur in the construction of real estate development business.
His small business experience has given David a greater understanding of how each American is born with a right to succeed or fail by pursuing their God-given liberty. Our personal decisions and hard work as individuals has a consequence in the outcome of our lives.
We must now partner in returning our governance to the founding principles of our Constitutional Republic where our representatives defend and protect our life and property, not take it away from us to give it to someone else…
Why I’m Running for Office
This Republic we have been given from the beginning has lost its identity. We the People have gradually given to the government the power to take of our property and labor to spend at their will, upon whatever they deemed worthy. It was seemingly OK when they were taking from the “other guy” or when it was the “rich”. However it never ends. As the power and size of the federal government has grown, and politicians discovered votes can be purchased by promising free things, the appetite of the government never ends until there are fewer and fewer people giving (paying) and more and more taking.
California’s 41st congressional district (Riverside open seat)
Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, John served on the Riverside City Council. His career spanned nearly 25 years as a commercial real estate executive. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Baptist University.
Mr. Tavaglione is proud to be a U.S. Army veteran.
California’s 47th congressional district (Long Beach open seat)
It’s time to tighten the budget and strengthen America’s small businesses.
I am running for Congress because I want to bring common sense solutions to the partisan gridlock. We need more members of Congress who will make taxpayers their highest priority, not special interest groups.
Some of these nominees are not my first choice, but I believe they all are superior to the Democrat alternative.