PRESS RELEASE Gill CA09: JEB BUSH ENDORSES RICKY GILL
January 12, 2012
JEB BUSH ENDORSES RICKY GILL
LODI, CA, January 12, 2012 – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush today announced his endorsement of Congressional candidate Ricky Gill. After campaigning for Gill earlier this week in Northern California, Bush praised the candidate’s experience and vision.
“I support Ricky Gill because he understands that freedom and opportunity are the essence of this great nation,” Bush said. “Ricky has the ideas and experience needed to fight for the smaller, smarter government that will restore these American ideals. He also has the vision needed to promote education reforms that will ensure all Americans have the right to rise to their fullest potential. He is precisely the kind of candidate we need at this critical moment in our nation’s history.”
Gill, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), expressed gratitude for Bush’s endorsement. “Governor Bush is one of our nation’s most respected leaders, and I am honored to have his support,” said Gill. “Governor Bush and I share a commitment not only to substantive, student-centered education reform, but also to building the Republican Party’s appeal to all Americans.”
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.