Monday, November 01, 2010

Latino notables rally for Rep. Jerry McNerney in Stockton

Dolores Huerta led a small crowd of Get-Out-the-Vote volunteers in chants yesterday afternoon, while Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney (CD-11) cheered along. The 80-year old United Farm Workers Union co-founder was raised in this Central Valley community; though she has been busily working to turn out Latino voters in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, she insisted she couldn't neglect her home town. She urged the crowd not to let up through election day to hold the seat for McNerney.

Richard Chavez (l.), a brother of deceased agricultural labor organizer Cesar Chavez, and Congressman Xavier Becerra (CD-31, Los Angeles) lent their support.

Rep. Jerry McNerney won the seat away from a long-sitting Republican in 2006; this year he is a top target of Republicans for a take-away. Party registration is almost equally divided in the strangely configured district which runs from Stockton and Lodi through Tracy in San Joaquin County, over into the Alameda County suburban towns of Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon, and then south to Morgan Hill and parts of Gilroy in Santa Clara County. Latinos are some 25 percent of its population.

The New York Times rates the district a toss up. I worked a little on the election in CD-11 in 2006 and again this year.

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