SJC Board Chairman endorses Munson in race for District 4

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Elliott endorsed candidate Russ Munson in race for the District 4 seat on the board. He’s running against Ripon Mayor Chuck Winn and retired County Administrator Manuel Lopez.

Here’s the press release.

San Joaquin County Board Chairman Bob Elliott Endorses Russ Munson for County Supervisor

LODI, CA, May 29, 2014 – Bob Elliott, retired US Army Special Forces Colonel and current Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, has announced his support for Lodi businessman Russ Munson in the June 3rd contest to replace outgoing Supervisor Ken Vogel.

“Russ Munson’s 30 years of successful business experience will be a tremendous asset as we work to rebuild San Joaquin County’s local economy,” said Elliott. “Russ shares my commitment to improving our economic climate, ensuring safe communities and protecting our agricultural industry.”

Munson has received endorsements from Lodi Mayor Phil Katzakian; Tasso Kandris, former Chair of the Woodbridge MAC; Jerry Hermann, Chair of the Morada MAC and the Lodi Chamber of Commerce. He has also received the endorsement of former County Supervisor Leroy Ornellas and Bob Lauchland, Past President of the Lodi District Grape Growers.

“It’s an honor to be endorsed by respected local government, business and agricultural leaders who are committed to serving San Joaquin County,” added Munson. “Supervisor Elliott is working hard to bolster San Joaquin County’s economy and I hope to bring a fresh perspective as a local business owner. I want to bring that experience to the Board of Supervisors working with our elected officials to restore opportunity to our region.”

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.

Elliott grew up on a farm near the city of Osborne, in the great plains of north-central Kansas. He served his country for 30 years in the United States Army, and retired as a Colonel of the US Army Special Forces (the Green Berets). He served in diplomatic assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, Korea. After leaving the Army, Elliott joined General Electric Company and served in a variety of positions with various GE affiliates. He subsequently served as a program manager for Westinghouse Electric Company in the company’s nuclear energy business. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012 representing a portion of Manteca and all of Tracy and Mountain House and assumed the Chairmanship in 2014.

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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