U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was reelected to serve a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives after widely defeating opponent Michael Eggman (D) by over 12 percentage points in the race for the 10th District congressional seat.
In Stanislaus County Denham took 34,008 votes for a total of 56.64 percent while Eggman took 26,030 votes for a total of 43.36 percent; these results mirrored District results, which includes parts of San Joaquin County. In total, for the 10th District, Denham took 47,315 votes for a totaling at 56.4 percent; Eggman trailed with 36,609 votes for a total of 43.6 percent.
While results were coming in, Denham was surrounded by his staff, volunteers, supporters and family.
He first thanked his wife, Sonia, for her support as well as his family. He thanked his staff for their priority on customer service when constituents come to them with issues to work through government bureaucracy. Denham also thanked his volunteers for their handwork throughout the campaign.
“Tonight is about changing the nation,” said Denham noting the shift in Congress would force the President to explain the decisions calling for a full debate of the issues in front of the American public.
“You win elections because you not only have a vision, but you have the support of the community out there helping you to spread that vision and that message.”
Denham expressed the need for a government that is not only strong, but one that is healthy.
He stated the need for jobs in the Central Valley, increased water storage, expanding irrigation districts, and ultimately bolstering the agricultural and exports industry locally.
“We have to have an agriculture industry that beats the rest of the nation and the rest of the world. We can do that here, if we have the water,” said Denham on the Central Valley.
“Water is essential to creating the jobs that we need.”
He expressed the need for tax reforms to get people back to work, stating it is necessary to give certainty to businesses, eliminate tax loopholes, and ultimately lead to job creation in local businesses to retain the future generation in the area.
Denham also stated the need to pass a highway bill calling it necessary for job creation. He mentioned the need to fix bridges and local infrastructure in general, calling the Central Valley a logistics hub. Along the same lines, Denham commended the ACE Train and it’s viability.
“We have to have trust in government that if you pass something on the ballot, like California High Speed Rail, then they’re going to live by what voters had passed and if it doesn’t, then it should go back before the voters, or it should get canceled all together,” said Denham.
“People have to believe in the government and that it’s going to work for them. We’ve got to have a government that is not only strong, but a government that is trustworthy,” said Denham on the need for restored trust in government.
He called for a healthcare system that is sustainable long term, a tax system that is fair for all, and an immigration system that is not broken. He noted the need for government that would come through for seniors who have paid into Medicare and Social Security. He also called for a government that provides Veterans the benefits they deserve and were promised with transparency.
Denham, a 16-year U.S. Air Force Veteran, currently sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he serves as Chairman to the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, in addition to the Agriculture, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
Incumbent State Senator Tom Berryhill (R), who currently represents the 14th Senate District, won reelection in the newly drawn eighth district with 66.8 percent of the vote against challenger Paulina Miranda (D). In Stanislaus County, Berryhill won the support of 67.95 percent of voters.
The new district will cover a stretch of the Central Valley including all of Tuolumne County, parts of Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Mariposa, Mono, Sacramento and Tulare counties. Parts of Stanislaus County include Turlock, Hughson, Oakdale and Waterford.
“First of all, I am absolutely excited about representing Turlock,” said Berryhill, noting that his father, Clare Berryhill, former State Senator and Assemblymember, and his brother, former State Assemblymember Bill Berryhill, had both represented the area previously.
“I really look forward to these next four years, and doing things for the Valley,” said Berryhill on his reelection.
Moving forward in his next term, Berryhill emphasized the need for continued bipartisan work across the aisle calling it necessary to move projects forward.
“We plan on doing more of that in the next four years and I look forward to being part of that,” said Berryhill.
He noted his plan of continued work toward water solutions.
“As we move forward in this next year, we will be very engaged in groundwater legislation and will be reaching across the aisle in building coalitions to clean up language [in standing legislation] that was quite egregious.”
Berryhill was elected to the State Senate in 2010 and serves on the Committees on Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Business Professions and Economic Development Governmental Organization, Human Services and Budget. He is a member of Budget Subcommittee 4, which oversees State administration and general government.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R) was reelected for a third term in the State Assembly with the support of 67.3 percent of voters in the District overall and 66.56 percent of voters in Stanislaus County against challenger Harinder Grewal, agricultural exports specialist.
“I am honored to have received overwhelming support for a third term from constituents of the 12th Assembly District,” said Olsen.
Olsen, the new Chief Republican Whip in the Assembly, previously served on the Modesto City Council from 2005 to 2009 and as the Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at California State University, Stanislaus. She has made youth and education a priority in her work as a State Assemblymember through reform measures.
“My role as Minority Leader will allow me to advocate for the unique needs of our community from an even larger platform, and I look forward to continued input from fellow community members on important issues facing California.”
Kristin Olsen (R) delivers a speech following her decisive victory on Election Day. 11-4-14
Tom Berryhill (R) celebrated his big win with family on Tuesday night. 11-4-14.
Courtesy of Tom Berryhill