Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), whose 11th Congressional District is being reconfigured out of Pleasanton to include more of San Joaquin and east Contra Costa counties, announced today that he will seek re-election next year to the 11th District office he holds.
McNerney, who lives in Pleasanton, also said he will move to San Joaquin County to be a resident of the newly-aligned district he hopes to continue representing.
McNerney launched his political career one Saturday morning at the Farmers Market in downtown Pleasanton and has been a highly-visible part of the community. First elected to Congress in 2006, he was re-elected last November.
State law allows candidates to seek congressional seats anywhere in California no matter where they live. However, those seeking congressional offices in the state must also live in California.
"(But) after spending so much time in San Joaquin County, it truly is my home," he said. "That's why I'm planning to move my residence to San Joaquin County and put down even more roots in this community. I'm going to continue to fight for San Joaquin County and East Contra Costa County."
"This area has a resilient spirit, a strong sense of community and a great future ahead," he added. "I'm deeply committed to this area and excited to continue working for San Joaquin and East Contra Costa Counties."
McNerney said he currently represents a majority of the voters in the newly-constituted 11th District.
During his time as the representative for the area that will be his new district, McNerney said he has led the effort to bring a new veterans medical facility and nursing home to San Joaquin County, wrote a new law to improve treatment for service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries and helped secure millions of dollars in funding for local infrastructure projects, including for the Port of Stockton and Highway 4 in Brentwood.
He has also held many public meetings in that San Joaquin County/East Contra Costa County region.