August 28, 1990 |
Private fund-raising letters sent out by Patti Garamendi, wife of state Sen. John Garamendi, the Democratic nominee for insurance commissioner, indicate that the legislator will resign from the Senate this week, allowing his wife to run for his seat in a special election in November. Although neither John nor Patti Garamendi would confirm that plan Monday, the letter speaks of a fund-raising event in Stockton on Wednesday night as being the Patti Garamendi "campaign kickoff."
November 11, 1992 |
Two Republicans are the apparent winners in close congressional and Assembly races after San Joaquin County election officials counted more than 15,000 absentee ballots. Richard Pombo, a Tracy rancher, defeated Democrat Patti Garamendi in the 11th Congressional District in the unofficial count announced late Monday. Assemblyman Dean Andal of Stockton prevailed over Linden rancher Michael Machado in the 17th Assembly District. Early returns last week had given Pombo and Machado narrow leads.
October 28, 1990 |
Assemblyman Patrick Johnston, no stranger to the turbulence of legislative campaigns, finds himself in the awkward spot of asking constituents to vote for him twice on Nov. 6--once for the Assembly and again for the state Senate. Is he greedy? Power hungry? No, says the five-term Stockton Democrat. Johnston complains that he was forced into seeking two offices simultaneously because of a maneuver by a Democratic "power couple"--former state Sen.
September 5, 1990 |
In a move to keep his state Senate seat in the family, Sen. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) has resigned so that his wife, Patti, can run for the office in a special election this fall. The maneuver gives Patti Garamendi a significant advantage over her chief rival, Assemblyman Patrick Johnston (D-Stockton), who has long planned to run for the seat if Garamendi is elected state insurance commissioner. Johnston, who is on the Nov.
July 19, 1993 |
EASTWARD HO: California Democrats are still plucking plum posts in the Clinton Administration. Sources say Patti Garamendi, a three-time loser in campaigns for the state Assembly, state Senate and Congress, looks to be a winner at the Peace Corps. Garamendi was once a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia with her husband, John, the California insurance commissioner. She is expected to take charge of recruiting and public relations at the agency started by former President John F. Kennedy. . . . M.
January 10, 1991 |
Democrat Pat Johnston has been elected to the state Senate in a special election in eight Central Valley and foothill counties, replacing state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi. Johnston's victory Tuesday increases the Democratic majority in the 40-seat Senate to 26, while Republicans remain at 11 with one independent and two vacancies.