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Ceres mayor announces bid for Senate

Ceres mayor announces bid for Senate

Anthony Cannella


POSTED October 23, 2009 5:40 p.m.
After two years in the mayoral seat for the town of Ceres, Anthony Cannella has decided to it’s time to reach higher up the political ladder.
Wednesday, Cannella officially announced that he will be running as the Republican candidate for the 12th Senate District, which is currently held by Jeff Denham, who is running for Lt. Governor in 2010.  
“I have decided to run for the State Senate because California needs to change direction and change its policies,” Cannella said. “My top three priorities are jobs, jobs and jobs. We need to stop over-regulating businesses and agriculture. We are killing tens of thousands of jobs in our region alone with government regulation that simply drives employers to other states.”
Cannella was elected into the Ceres City Council in 2003 and was elected into office two short years later as the Mayor of Ceres. Two years after his election as mayor, he was re-elected by the people of Ceres to continue along the path he started, for an additional four years.  
With two years into his re-election as mayor, Cannella decided to move forward on the State Senate position that will be available next year.  
The 12th Senate District which stretches from the Central Valley to the Central Coast counties. He will be representing portions of Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Monterey and San Benito counties.  
With high unemployment rates, the mortgage foreclosure crisis and small businesses trying to stay afloat, Cannella feels like he can improve these challenges to the Central Valley with his experience as a small businessman, he said.  
“I’ve experienced first hand the challenges of running a business in California,” Cannella said. “Like so many others, I have had to cutback and restructure my business in order to deal with our poor economy.”  
With his experience as mayor for the past four years, he has worked with the city budget every year and hopes to put that experience to good use for the “people of our region,” he said.  
Cannella said his work as Ceres’ mayor has given him experience with budget cuts and streamlining government operations. Cannella said he has brought thousands of new jobs into the district along with making public safety the city’s top priority by increasing funding for law enforcement.
One of his concerns is for the district is reliable water supplies and a better delivery system, Cannella said. He believes the Delta water pumps should be turned back on and it is a key part of the unemployment and economic crisis.  
“Water is critical to reviving the economy, creating jobs and helping agriculture survive in so many parts of the 12th District,” he said. “The state has made the situation worse, not better, and added to this man-made drought that is hurting so many people.”  
He has been endorsed by Senator Jeff Denham, Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, Senator Dave Cogdill, Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, Assemblyman Bill Berryhill and every member of the Senate Republican Caucus as well as numerous local elected officials and community leaders.  
If he is elected to the Senate, he will be forced to resign as Mayor of Ceres, said Cindy Heirdorn, City Clerk for the City of Ceres. Once he is elected, the Ceres City Council will have to decide whether to appoint a new mayor or hold a special election. The City of Ceres has done nothing yet to prepare for his candidacy for Senate in 2010.  
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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