AD 76: Rocky Chavez turnabout results in departure of Jerry Kern

Greg LarkinGreg Larkin 4 Comments


from Thomas K. Arnold in the Seaside Courier, following Rocky jumping back into the race for his own Assembly seat…

“I doubt the party will endorse against a sitting incumbent, even though he assured me 20 times he was all in with the U.S. Senate race … I’m just disappointed that Rocky misled me, that he told he was all the way in and then he bailed out.” –Jerry Kern

At least one of the two Republican contenders for the 76th District state Assembly seat has dropped out, now that incumbent Rocky Chavez, also a Republican, has abandoned his U.S. Senate run and announced he will, instead, run for a third term.

Jerry Kern, an Oceanside City Councilman since 2006, announced Tuesday he is ending his bid for the seat…

Read it all here.


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  1. I’m sorry to see Jerry Kern leave the race, though I suspected it would happen. This will be an interesting race,

  2. California Small Business Association Endorses Graham for Assembly

    (Encinitas, Calif.) – The California Small Business Association, a leading voice in Sacramento on behalf of small business, has announced their endorsement of Phil Graham for State Assembly.

    “Phil Graham has demonstrated his commitment and leadership to the small business community in this Great State of California,” said association president Betty Jo Toccoli. “His concern and support of the small business community is recorded and his commitment to partnering with us in the issues important to small business is inspiring.”

    A graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business with a Master’s Degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Graham’s career in international business took him throughout the world including seven years in Singapore. Most recently, Graham worked in life sciences and philanthropy as an executive at the La Jolla-based Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, a world-renowned leader in health research. At the nexus of life sciences and technology, Phil has worked as a catalyst for our North County economy.

    “Some of the most exciting developments in life sciences in the world are happening right here in North County,” said Graham. “I want to be a voice for these innovation companies as well as all the small businesses in our region that are struggling to succeed with the yoke of burdensome tax and regulatory policies holding them back. I want to unleash the power of small business to grow our economy and create good-paying jobs for North County families.”

  3. I was surprised to hear that Rocky Chavez has decided to pull out of his US Senate bid and now run for his state assembly seat in the 76th District. My wife and I have spent a lot of time getting to know Phil Graham at various events. We shared the challenge’s that my wife and I face as small business owners as well as the issues we all face as Californians. We walked away from each of our encounters with him and looked at each other and said “wow” he gets it. We will continue to support Phil in his bid for the 76th Assembly and ask our friends and family to do the same.

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