Senator Jeff Denham today announced his candidacy for the California State Assembly’s 25th District. Denham is withdrawing from the race for the Republican Nomination for Lt. Governor.
“Over the course of the last few days I’ve had countless discussions with my family, community leaders, local and state business leaders, local elected officials, my colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor. My family and I have decided that the greatest difference I can make for the people I represent, our region, the state and the taxpayers of California is in the State Assembly.
“This decision was not easy or made lightly. But our region and our state face great challenges in this tough economy and with Sacramento’s continuing budget crisis. 2010 is a crucial election with the majority in the Legislature seeking to gain a super-majority so that they can raise taxes and pass budgets without any restrictions. The people of California simply can’t afford even higher taxes or more irresponsible spending. As we’ve already seen, additional tax increases won’t solve the fiscal crisis but will only drive more jobs to other states.
“That’s why I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure there is balance in the Legislature and will be working hard to prevent the majority from driving Republicans below one-third. I also want to use my experience to remain as an aggressive advocate for our region and continue my work on economic development, agriculture, education reform and veterans issues,” declared Denham.
The Senator has been endorsed by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, the current representative for the 25th District. “Jeff Denham is a tireless, effective and respected leader for our region in the Legislature. He already knows and understands the issues that are important to this district. He will be an outstanding Member of the State Assembly. I strongly support Jeff’s candidacy for State Assembly.”
Denham has also already been endorsed by Assembly Republican Leader Sam Blakeslee and by the Assembly Republican Caucus. “Jeff Denham has proven he is a man of principle and political courage. He put his position on the line when he refused to vote for an unbalanced budget despite being threatened with a recall. He is a fighter for common-sense fiscal policy and the leading voice for improving how California manages billions of dollars in state properties and assets. Jeff’s candidacy for State Assembly is a major boost to our efforts to prevent the majority from being able to achieve a two-thirds majority so that they can raise taxes at will,” declared Blakeslee.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson also endorsed Denham and explained, “Law enforcement and crime victims could not ask for a better friend than Senator Denham. He has been a leader in the fight to crack down on sexual predators and to provide more resources for local law enforcement. He has done a great job in Sacramento and I’m glad that he will be continuing his fight in the Legislature for tougher laws against criminals.”
Modesto City Councilwoman Kristin Olsen declared, “I’m supporting Jeff Denham for Assembly because he’s been fighting to change how Sacramento operates. He’s been working for years to reform state government and make it more accountable to taxpayers and more fiscally responsible. Jeff was willing to risk being recalled because of his refusal to support an unbalanced budget. That’s the kind of tough leadership we need.”
Rob Lapsley, Vice-President of the California Chamber of Commerce, praised Denham and stated, “Jeff Denham is a businessman who understands firsthand the challenges of creating jobs and running a business in California. He has been a leader in reducing state spending, opposing taxes that kill jobs and supporting regulatory reforms that will make our state more competitive. He is a critically important voice for economic development and jobs in the Legislature.”
Denham currently has over $1 million in his campaign accounts and has been endorsed by a number of local and state leaders.