The campaign for Republican Rep. Jeff Denham announced on its website this week the endorsement of three of San Joaquin County’s five members of the Board of Supervisors. The congressman’s current district extends to the border between San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Last year’s re-drawing of the congressional maps has him running for the 10th Congressional District, which includes all of Stanislaus County and the southern part of San Joaquin County.
His campaign announced the endorsement of eight county supervisors: San Joaquin County Supervisors Leroy Ornellas, Ken Vogel and Larry Ruhstaller and all five Stanislaus County Supervisors under the headline “Jeff Denham Endorsed by Every County Supervisor who represents Part of CD 10.” But Denham hasn’t been endorsed by Steve Bestolarides, whose district includes a chunk of northern Manteca, a city contained wholly in the recently re-drawn congressional district.
Denham’s campaign was referring to the current district maps for San Joaquin County supervisorial districts, not the ones approved recently by the Board of Supervisors during the county’s own redistricting process, campaign consultant Dave Gilliard said. The campaign’s interpretation of the county district maps puts the earlier version of Bestolarides’ district – the one he was elected to represent in 2008 – outside the new CD10, Gilliard said.
But CD10 includes the whole city of Manteca. And both versions of Bestolarides’ district include at least part that city. The newest version puts all of Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue in county supervisorial District 3. The previous version includes a smaller, though not insignificant, part of Manteca, north of Yosemite and west of Main Street.