GOP congressional candidate challenges McNerney to public meetings

Harmer seeks series of Town Hall 'discussions' in Pleasanton, 5 other cities

Republican candidate David Harmer has challenged Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton to a series of "town hall" meetings in the 11th Congressional District.

Harmer, an attorney and businessman who lives in San Ramon, ran unsuccessfully last year as the Republican nominee for the House of Representatives in the 10th congressional district special election, which Democrat John Garamendi won.

A graduate of Brigham Young University's law school, Harmer worked as counsel to a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

McNerney is seeking re-election to a third term as the 11th District's congressman.

In a letter delivered to McNerney's campaign headquarters Friday, Harmer proposed that the two candidates participate in meetings in Pleasanton, Danville, Lodi, Manteca, Tracy and Morgan Hill. The proposed timeline includes three town halls in September, and three in October.

"This is not a debate," Harmer said. "The point here is to foster discussion about our respective plans for the district."

"Jerry McNerney has been adamant in his support for Nancy Pelosi and Barak Obama's big-government agenda," he added. "On the other hand, I believe in Ronald Reagan's vision for a smaller, more efficient government that fosters a healthy free-market economy. These forums will give voters the opportunity to hear and understand the differences between McNerney's record and Reagan's vision, and I strongly urge Jerry McNerney to join me in this venture."

Harmer's campaign manager Cameron Wilkinson said McNerney has been criticized since his government healthcare vote of avoiding town hall meetings.

"This gives McNerney an opportunity to get back outside of the Beltway and join David Harmer for informative discussions with the voters," Wilkinson said. "The point is not to debate, but instead to connect with the constituents and let them know that their elected officials are interested in being transparent about their policies."

Wilkinson said the Harmer team is awaiting McNerney's response.

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Posted by The Harmer Road Show
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

Harmer is clearly the more experienced candidate. He has run for Congress three times in three districts in two states. How many politicians can make such a claim? Gotta love Harmer's traveling road show.

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Posted by Chet
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 18, 2010 at 7:29 am

Harmer should not even be considered as our Rep. HE DOES NOT LIVE IN DISTRICT !!. We have a fine Congressman in Jerry McNerney who is working hard for us in District 11. Jerry lives in and understands the important issues for all of us in the District 11. Jerry does a great job in Washington D.C. and at the same time has been out in the district on a very regular basis.

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Posted by Christy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

Ha! And McNerney lives IN the district, yet DOESN'T represent his constituents! No townhalls, votes 95% with Pelosi, while this district is nearly 40% conservative!

Your democrat talking points are very weak and are not fooling anyone with a brain.

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Posted by Chet
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

I am sure your 40% conservatives in the district have loved the hard work and the passed and signed bills that Jerry has delivered for our soldiers, veterans and families in District 11. Jerry has made this a very large and important part of his work. This is one of the reasons several major Republicans in District 11 have endorsed Jerry in this election.

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Posted by 4 years enough !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Christy, Garimendi didn't live in HIS district when YOU elected him ! ! Is that called hypocrisy ? Fact is, your theatrics are meaningless, since intelligent, informed voters KNOW you do not HAVE to live in the district! ....a few blocks away is JUST FINE ! Ooops, I forgot, your team campaigns TO and lies TO the people you count as your voters....the MORE UNinformed, the better ! FOUR long years of Jerry without ONE original thought is more than enough of Pelosi's ECHO ! !

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 22, 2010 at 12:16 am

Voters were smart to reject HARMer in district 10 and should do the same here in district 11. Maybe HARMer can then move on to try to run in district 12, 13, or 14...

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Posted by jacob and Alma
a resident of Charter Oaks
on Aug 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Mr Harmer is a fine elder in our ward. He is what every politician should strive to be. He has REAL values. We are very proud of him

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