Jerry McNerney Deserves Our Thanks

Yesterday Jerry McNerney announced that he will not seek reelection. “Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection,” McNerney said on social media. “I am honored that the citizens … gave me the privilege of representing them. I will keep working for the people of my district throughout the remainder of my term and look forward to new opportunities to continue to serve.”

“I hope you will join us in thanking Congressman McNerney for his years representing us, fighting the good fight, and supporting all our local candidates while representing us in Washington,” said Barbara Sasso, Chair of the San Joaquin County DCC, and Renee Elliott, President of STOCKTON DEMOCRATS TOGETHER, in a joint statement.

Jerry was first elected to Congress in 2007. During that time, he assisted in securing investments in infrastructure, child care, and education. His most lasting achievement may well be securing the major veterans health center facility in French Camp.

State Senator Susan Eggman also voiced her thanks for the congressman’s service. “Jerry has been a tremendous advocate for the region and I will miss him as a trusted partner. As a man of science, Jerry brought a much-needed perspective to our national debate and has been a true champion for fighting climate change. His retirement is well-earned and I wish my friend much happiness.”

Jerry was a stalwart presence in San Joaquin County during his entire tenure. He would often leave Washington, D.C., early Friday morning so he could be in his district by Friday night to meet with constituent groups, attend local functions, or listen to community members about their hopes and needs. He has been indefatigable in seeking solutions to issues facing the constituents he served.

The good news on this day is that Representative Josh Harder who currently represents Tracy and Manteca announced that he is planning to run in the newly created 9th District race that encompasses most of San Joaquin County.

A note of thanks or well-wishes can be sent to Jerry at his district office at 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., Stockton, CA 95207, or via his web site at