FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2012
CONTACT: Colin Hunter
GILL OUTRAISES MCNERNEY -- AGAIN
LODI, CA, April 16, 2012 - Congressional candidate Ricky Gill reported receiving more than $316,000 in contributions in the first quarter of 2012, a total that exceeds incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney's take of $267,000.
Gill, a Lodi small business owner and family farmer, now has outraised Pleasanton's McNerney in three of four fundraising quarters. Gill also ended the first quarter with more cash on hand ($988,000) than McNerney ($937,000).
Gill now has raised more than $1.1 million since entering the race in mid-2011, almost exclusively from individuals and largely from the San Joaquin Valley and Delta areas of the 9th Congressional District. Gill consistently has outraised McNerney despite the incumbent having accepted more than $425,000 from PACs this cycle alone.
"It's humbling to see our grassroots support translate into another strong fundraising quarter," said Gill. "Unlike my opponent, I draw my financial support primarily from voters in the 9th District, where I was born and raised."
About Ricky Gill
Ricky Gill is a native of San Joaquin County, born and raised in Lodi, California. The son of immigrant parents, Ricky is a small business owner, a family farmer, and a former member of the California State Board of Education whose story speaks to the power of the American dream. Ricky grew up helping manage his family's vineyard operation and serving the community as chair of the Greater Lodi Area Youth Commission. He has played an integral role in his family's small business, which employs 60 people in the San Joaquin Valley, for several years. In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor to the California State Board of Education, where he served as the sole representative of more than six million public school students. He subsequently served as an adviser to the California Secretary of Education. Ricky now serves as a member of the Lodi Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, he will soon complete his Juris Doctor at the University of California, Berkeley.