Amador concedes in Congressional race

Congressional candidate Tony Amador thanked his supporters in a concession message posted on Facebook late Thursday. The Republican said his campaign made inroads with independent and Democrat voters, but the number of votes left to count was not enough to make up the gap remaining after San Joaquin County released updated totals earlier in the day.

He challenged Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, who declared victory after the Associated Press called the race after Contra Costa County updated its totals last Friday.

Here’s Amador’s Facebook post, pasted in its entirety:

To all of my relatives, friends and supporters who gave me encouragement, worked and contributed what they could to OUR campaign, financially and otherwise, THANK YOU. There are approximatly 5,700 Provisional ballots which will be counted tomorrow and Saturday if necessary. At this point I am over 4,900 votes behind the incumbent. This race is now over for all practical purposes. At this point I received 54,989 votes to the 59,919 votes for the Congressman, out of the 114,908 votes cast to date in the 9th Congressional District. We knew it would be a challenge as my opponent had a 13% Gerrymandered advantage in registration. This was unlike the evenly divided registration numbers in the district 4 years prior. The incumbent had nearly $ 1,000,000.00 to work with compared to our $ 55,000.00. We did extremly well where we made our presence known, obviously garnering votes from Independents/Decline to state and Democrats also. I believe voters crossed over to vote for me because I ran as an independent “representative” and not as a politician. Evelia and I have no regrets. We are proud of our team who did the best we could. God Bless you all.

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Amador not giving up yet

Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, had a narrow lead of 3 percentage points over Republican challenger Tony Amador. McNerney has 51.5 percent of the vote, Amador has 48.5 percent.

McNerney’s camp felt good about the lead late Tuesday before everything was counted, and the gap did grow when the last numbers from Democratic Contra Costa County came in.

But there are thousands of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots to be counted, something that Amador noted in a Facebook post today. “The race is not over,” he says in the post.

Here’s the post:

I want to thank everyone who supported me in any possible way. Words of encouragement and $$ helped in this California 9th Congressional District Race. With 2,397 votes separating the incumbent and I, and literally tens of thousands of provisional balots (sic) yet to be counted, the race is not over. The Registrar of Voters in three counties will count valid ballots before any official declaration of a winner can be ascertained. Thank you, Thank you. Thank you. We will keep you posted.

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(Raw video) Neel Kashkari speaks at Port of Stockton

Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari came to Stockton today. He’s running to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown. On one of the stops he took a ride on the Kennon Doyle with Republican candidates and leaders, as well as local water expert Dante Nomellini.

After the riverboat passes in the background, he mentions a previous meeting he had with Tony Amador, who is running against Jerry McNerney for a seat in Congress. Kashkari managed to out-shoot Amador at a firing range. No mean feat since Amador is a retired U.S. Marshall.

There were other Republican candidates for office on the boat trip: Sol Jobrack, who is running against Assemblywoman Susan Eggman and Chuck Winn, who is running against Russ Munson for a seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.


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Congressman meeting with hospitals to talk Ebola

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, released a statement recently about the spread of the Ebola virus. Reporter Joe Goldeen posted it on his blog, here.

Fears about the disease, which has seen three cases in the United States, have become a part of the national electoral landscape in the lead up to the midterms. That’s been the case in the 9th Congressional District, too, where Republican Tony Amador has released statements in his campaign to unseat McNerney.

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Ebola statement from congressional candidate

Congressional candidate Tony Amador released a statement this week calling on tighter travel restrictions to slow the spread of the Ebloa virus to the country.

The Republican Amador is running against four-term Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, who represents the 9th Congressional District.

Here’s the press release sent out from the Amador campaign:

Stockton.  Today Antonio C. ‘Tony’ Amador, candidate for the 9th Congressional District, called for the resignation of CDC Director Tom Frieden.

“The Ebola crisis cannot take the same road as the other Obama disasters like Fast and Furious, Benghazi, ISIS strategy, IRS stonewalling, and Obamacare. The CDC director has demonstrated during the last month the same disregard for protecting the public and lack of leadership as his boss, President Obama,” said Tony Amador.

Amador stated that the CDC is already pointing at others for its failure to maintain control of one the most terrifying viruses on the face of the earth. Freiden was warned several months ago that the “CDC protocols” were ineffective in guaranteeing health worker safety.

Anthony Bradbury, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, said several weeks ago that the Ebola virus mutates at an incredible rate and could become airborne. “I believe that is exactly what has happened, and the CDC refuses to confront this possibility,” said Amador.

“In light of the developments in Dallas, I am also urging that the President consider and implement travel restriction, up to and including a ban on flights from affected countries “, stated former US Marshal Amador.

“The CDC and the Department of Homeland Security should also consider a standard 21 quarantine for anyone suspected of contact with infected persons, ” declared Amador.

“These measures may not halt the Ebola outbreak, but it will buy us much needed time to build up reserves of anti-virals to fight Ebola,” concluded Amador.

The U S healthcare system lacks a single standard for the Ebola response.  As the situation in Dallas develops, it is clear that no one is really in charge. Though the CDC is tasked with readying the nation for an Ebola outbreak, then leading the national response, the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for protecting the borders, according to Thomas Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC, which is under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services.


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Fire Photo

At Tuesday’s dedication of a replica of a plaque dedicating a tree that had been moved across town town in 1965 to firefighters in San Joaquin County, the Board of Supervisors received a photo of almost all of the county’s fire departments and districts posed outside the County Administration Building.

I’m told it was no mean feat to line up a fleet of fire vehicles along blocked-off Stockton streets on a recent early morning.

Here’s the photo that Stockton photographer Tim Ulmer took.

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(Video) Munson and Winn talk to The Record’s editorial board

The Record’s editorial board meets with candidates in the weeks leading up to elections. It helps the ed. board pick which candidates it will endorse. We videotape part of those meetings and put them online.

Russ Munson and Chuck Winn both came by in their runs to replace Supervisor Ken Vogel, who is terming out. Here are the videos.



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Iron Mike Tyson and the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors

Mike Tyson has been around town, lately, making appearances and doing his show at the Bob Hope Theatre.

One of the stops was at Edison High School, where he appeared with Supervisor Carlos Villapudua and Tom Patti, a long-time friend of Tyson’s who is also running for the Board of Supervisors in 2016.

A video posted by Allen Sawyer shows the event, with Villapudua introducing Patti, who introduces Tyson. The former heavy-weight champion told the students that success was in their grasp, but they needed to work to achieve it. “If I can do this stuff, anybody can do it. But you’ve got to put forth the effort.”

He also talked about his becoming a good person. After Tyson had reached the heights of success and fame as a boxer, his steep decent included bankruptcy and a rape conviction. He has since been building back his fame, including with a popular one-man stage show, which is what he performed at the Bob Hope.

Along the way, he stopped at Edison High, which is in the supervisorial district Villapudua represents. Tyson also stopped at East Union High in Manteca, which is in the district Patti will be running for in two years.

Here’s the video:



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Video from candidate forums now online

One of the bonuses of the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County holding two nights of candidate forums in Stockton City Hall is that the room is already wired to video the proceedings.
We’ve written about the Stockton City Council forums, the county superintendent of schools forum and the meeting of candidates for state Assembly. Chuck Winn and Russ Munson also met in Stockton during their race for the District 4 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
But if you’d like to delve a bit deeper into the discussion, here are links to the video, courtesy of the Stockton Office of the City Clerk.
And here are the links:

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More on Lopez endorsement

Former County Administrator Manuel Lopez has endorsed a formal rival for the District 4 seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. He picked Russ Munson over Chuck Winn. They three were on the June ballot to replace outgoing Supervisor Ken Vogel, who is terming out. Munson and Winn made it to the November runoff.

Here’s the release announcing the Lopez endorsement from the Munson campaign:


LODI, CA, September 23, 2014 – Manuel Lopez, the longest serving County Administrator in the history of San Joaquin County and former candidate in the race to replace termed out 4th District Supervisor Ken Vogel, today announced his endorsement of former opponent Russ Munson in the November election.

“My heart and soul is in San Joaquin County, my career was dedicated to making this region a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family,” added Lopez. “Russ shares that same passion for San Joaquin County and is what we need on the Board of Supervisors to stimulate economic opportunity and bring more jobs to the region. I am proud to put my endorsement behind Russ Munson for Supervisor.”

Lopez’s endorsement adds to the growing local support Munson has received heading into November. Recently, Munson picked up the Lodi Chamber of Commerce endorsement, along with endorsements from San Joaquin County Board Chairman, Bob Elliott, and Supervisor Carlos Villapudua. Munson won a decided victory in the June primary, receiving 46.5 percent of the vote.

“I am humbled by Manuel’s endorsement and confidence in my experience and knowledge to grow San Joaquin County’s economy, protect our local farmers and provide safe and secure communities for our families,” Munson said. “I know my experience and ability to bring people together for a common goal will put me in a unique position to have the greatest impact on the Board of Supervisors, and deliver tangible results.”

Munson was born and raised in Lodi, upon graduation from San Jose State he served as a Naval Aviator. Following his military service, he returned home to Lodi to run a variety of successful businesses. Along with his wife, Kathryn of 45 years, he is the Managing General Partner for Lodi’s Wine and Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.

Lopez, a resident of Ripon for 28 years, retired in 2013 after 11 and a half years as the county government’s highest non-elected position – county administrator. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. He has been married to his wife Sylvia for nearly 40 years.

Additional information on the Russ Munson for San Joaquin County Supervisor campaign can be found at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at

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