Friday, March 27, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis helps boost Garamendi past Vann

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, celebrates his win Tuesday evening at his Davis district headquarters with a group of campaign interns from Dixon. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

John Garamendi celebrates his win with a group of Dixon interns Tuesday evening at his campaign office in Davis. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A6 | November 07, 2012 |

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will return to Washington for a third term — this time representing Davis and the new 3rd District — after beating upstart Republican Kim Vann.

In Davis’ most expensive congressional race to date, Garamendi collected 53.8 percent of the votes cast by mail or on Election Day. He topped Vann, a Colusa County supervisor, by 13,685 votes out of 178,859 cast.

Meeting with supporters in Davis, where he plans to establish his district headquarters, Garamendi said voters responded to his campaign’s “message standing for jobs, students, veterans and the delta.”

He said that he would work with Republicans, who retained control of the House, “to achieve the potential of this great nation and address the problems that we face. My legislative priorities are exactly what I campaigned on.”

He reiterated his campaign platform, including his “Make It in America” bill. It would require government contracts to use supplies and equipment no less than 85 percent made.

He also vowed to help protect Medicare, Social Security and higher education, as well as the farming, fishing and recreation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Garamendi said he would work to preserve Travis and Beale Air Force bases, both of which are in the district, and “responsibly reduce the deficit.”

“It’s all about maintaining the promise of America where everyone who works hard and plays by the rules can get their slice of the American dream,” he said.

Garamendi’s advantages in Yolo County — particularly in Davis, where he received almost 80 percent of the vote — Solano and Lake counties gave him the win. Vann won her home county, as well the portions of Glenn, Lake, Yuba and Sacramento counties within the district.

In Garamendi, 67, Davis voters have representing them a politician with ample experience. He has served as lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner and in the state Assembly and Senate. He was U.S. deputy secretary of the interior under President Clinton. He now holds seats on the House Armed Services and Natural Resources committees.

Clinton gave Garamendi’s campaign a big boost by appearing with him at a UC Davis rally last month.

Garamendi credited Vann, 37, for running a tough campaign in the new 3rd District, which is 41.2 percent Democratic, 32 percent Republican and 21.6 percent decline-to-state. She hadn’t yet conceded early today, with the race was still in doubt past midnight.

Vann’s ability to fundraise and her success in securing support in the rural areas of the new district impressed two Republican and Democratic consultants who spoke with The Enterprise.

“She’s been an extraordinary first-time candidate,” the Republican said.

With support for the president drawing Democrats to the polls and no one major local issue for her to seize in her tussle with Garamendi, the odds were stacked against Vann, the consultants said.

“I expect her to be back in 2014,” the Democrat said.

* In the 6th Congressional District, which now extends to West Sacramento, incumbent Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, earned 74.4 percent of the vote to easily beat Republican Joseph McCray Sr., the founder of J.M. & Sons landscaping company in Fair Oaks.

* Davis’ longtime Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, won an eighth term in District 5. With 74.1 percent of the vote, he beat Republican Randy Loftin, who runs a tax and financial planning company in Napa.

— Reach Cory Golden at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @cory_golden

Comments

comments

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
.

News

Anti-gay initiative puts AG in a bind

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
County supervisors consider options for historic courthouse

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Two found dead of apparent shooting in West Davis home

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
New Paso Fino design trims lots

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Senate’s Harry Reid announces he won’t seek re-election

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Woodland police warn of kidnapping phone scam

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Lawyer disputes police’s hoax claim in California kidnapping

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Davis Flower Arrangers meet Wednesday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Sign up for Camp Shakespeare

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Empower Yolo offers peer counselor training

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
State loosens sex offender residency restrictions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Neighbors invited to adopt Willow Creek Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Sing along on April Fool’s Day

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Three nabbed in counterfeiting probe

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A6

.

Forum

Can he get life back on track?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Blame Reid for impasse

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7

 
Practice cancer prevention each day

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Turnabout is fair play

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7

 
Be aware and be afraid

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7

.

Sports

UCD men edge Hawaii on the court

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
UCD’s Hawkins, Harris to shoot at Final Four

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Home sweet home: Aggie women win a tennis match

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Devil boys grind out a net win at Franklin

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

DHS baseballers fall to Vintage in eight innings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DYSA roundup: Recent youth softball games feature big hitting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Sacramento get its second straight win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sharks get a key win over Detroit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

UCD Student Fashion Association presents charity fashion show

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
‘Get Hard’ comes across as rather limp

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Smokey Brights to perform at Sophia’s

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
‘Deserted Destinations’ is April exhibit at Gallery 625

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Monticello announces April live-music shows

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Leonardo Tuchman’s work shows at UC Davis Craft Center Gallery

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

Sacramento Youth Symphony holding open auditions

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

 
Preview Art Studio Tour participants’ work at The Artery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

.

Business

Camry Hybrid takes a step forward

By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3

 
.

Obituaries

Celebrate Rusty Jordan’s Life

By Creator | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Friday, March 27, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B4