WALNUT CREEK – California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, the only Congressional candidate who has represented all corners of the 10th Congressional District, announced today that he leads in all finance categories, including cash raised overall, cash raised this period, cash-on-hand, and cash-on-hand after debts.
Garamendi also holds a double digit lead in the polls and has secured the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper endorsements. By every metric, Garamendi is the frontrunner for the special primary election to be held September 1st.
“Let there be no doubt, my growing team of volunteers and I are working hard through election day to fight for every last vote,” said Garamendi, who served two terms as California’s State Insurance Commissioner. “We take nothing for granted in our bid to represent the people of the 10th Congressional District with the experienced leadership they need in these challenging times.”
Garamendi’s strong finances follow the first big newspaper endorsements of the campaign from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area’s largest newspaper, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area’s largest progressive weekly. Two separate polls show Garamendi with a double digit lead in the race.
* Support question asked a second time after candidate biographies were read.
+ Internal poling released by Garamendi campaign. No other candidates or third parties have chosen to release a poll since Garamendi entered the race.
In an editorial published earlier in the week, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area’s largest newspaper, wrote:
“Lt. Gov. John Garamendi stands out in this crowd because his vast portfolio of experience is so well aligned with the issues of the times and the big concerns of the district. […] Garamendi has the confidence and depth of knowledge that would allow him to hit the ground running in Congress - and his history suggests he would be unabashed in doing so. […] There is no question about Garamendi's readiness to handle the issues and personalities he would encounter on Capitol Hill.”
The San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area’s largest progressive weekly, echoed similar sentiments in an editorial endorsing John Garamendi for Congress:
“[Garamendi was] California's first and best insurance commissioner, where he learned to play hardball with health insurance companies. Garamendi has a forceful presence, progressive values, long relationships with key power brokers and knowledgeable advocates, and an unmatched history of intensive work on the most pernicious problems that Congress is now wrestling with, including health care reform and resource issues. From day one, he would be a leader who would help President Barack Obama move his agenda.”
Garamendi has been endorsed by former President Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and former California Democratic Party chair Art Torres.
He has also been endorsed by the Sierra Club, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California Nurses Association, California Labor Federation, Alameda, Napa-Solano, and Sacramento Central Labor Councils, and dozens of other local unions and community groups.
Prominent local officials that have endorsed Garamendi include Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, Solano County Board of Supervisors President John Vasquez, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Antioch Mayor Jim Davis, Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, Suisun City Vice Mayor Jane Day, former Livermore Mayor John Shirley, former Livermore Mayor Cathie Brown, and former Concord Mayor and current City Councilmember Helen Allen.
A special primary election will be held on September 1st. For more information, please visit http://www.garamendi.org.