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Tom Berryhill to run for State Senate seat
State Assemblyman Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) announced Wednesday he will run for the State Senate. - photo by Photo Contributed
State Assemblyman Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) announced Wednesday he will aim a bit higher in 2010 by seeking election to the California State Senate.
Berryhill will look to take the 14th Senate District seat of first-term State Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto), who announced last month he would not seek reelection. Cogdill had ranked as State Senate Republican Leader for 10 months until Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) replaced him during a Feb. 18 budget debate.
Berryhill, a grape grower and member of a political family, has served the Assembly since 2006. Berryhill earned that seat, coincidentally, by replacing Cogdill when he left the Assembly to make his successful Senate bid.
Berryhill’s first three years in the Assembly have been focused on public safety, agriculture, job creation, and government accountability. He also has introduced legislation to protect hunting rights and public property.
“In my first legislative term, I authored legislation stemming the tide of metal theft which was wreaking havoc in the Central Valley,” Berryhill said. “This serious problem was costing millions of dollars in damage to crops, businesses, schools, and utility lines.”
Berryhill would not term out of the Assembly until 2012. His current term runs through 2010.
A Republican primary for the 14th Senate District Seat will be held in June 2010. Heidi Fuller of Columbia is the only other candidate to announce thus far.
The victor of that primary will participate in a December 2010 election that will determine a new senator.
The 14th Senate District Seat up for grabs stretches from Lodi in San Joaquin County to Reedley in Fresno County, including most of the western half of Stanislaus County and cities such as Denair and Hughson. The district also includes parts of Modesto, but not Berryhill’s current place of residence.
While Berryhill will be forced to move prior to the election in order to become eligible, he won’t be moving far. Berryhill plans to move to a new Modesto home, staying in the heart of the Valley he represents.
“From fighting taxes and working for economic recovery to protecting our communities from a government that’s too often unaccountable, I am very proud to represent the hardworking families and businesses of the Central Valley,” Berryhill said. “I would be honored to continue that type of conservative leadership in the State Senate.”
To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.