Fmr. Oxnard Mayor Dr. Tom Holden Endorses Jeff Gorell for Congress
Holden Joins a Growing Number of Top Democrats Supporting republican Gorell in House Race

VENTURA COUNTY, CA - Former Mayor of Oxnard Dr. Thomas E. Holden, a Democrat, announced today he has endorsed Jeff Gorell, a Republican, in his bid for House of Representatives in California's 26th District, a seat currently held by Rep. Julia Brownley, a Democrat.

"My family has called Oxnard home for 108 years," said Dr. Holden, a local optometrist and 18-year member of the Oxnard City Council. "What is most important to me is supporting a candidate who understands, appreciates, and is responsive to my community, regardless of political party association. In this race for Congress, that candidate is Jeff Gorell. Whether as our Assemblyman, as a local small business owner, or as a county prosecutor, Jeff has made a commitment to supporting public safety and sound fiscal policy. He has proven in Sacramento to be a bi-partisan problem solver and gets things done."

Democratic leaders from across Ventura County have forgone partisan politics to endorse Republican Jeff Gorell for U.S. Representative in California's 26th District, and join "Democrats for Gorell" coalition.

"Jeff is a leader. As our State Assemblyman, he has delivered results for our communities because he is a part of this community." said Former Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Andres Herrera. "We need his leadership in Congress."

"I'm proud to support Jeff Gorell for Congress. He knows how to break the gridlock in Washington," declared retired Thousand Oaks Mayor Frances Prince.

"Jeff Gorell is a leader who is accessible and delivers on his commitments. Our community deserves a champion like him in Congress." stated former Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Irene Pinkard. "My husband and I both support Jeff because he is 'the Real Deal'". Her husband, former Mayor Pro Tem Bedford Pinkard , also serves as Chairman of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County and was the co-founder of the Ventura County Black American Political Action Committee.

"The people of Ventura County are tired of the partisan excuses and failed leadership in Washington," said Gorell "Our incumbent Julia Brownley has lost touch with the people she was elected to represent."

"Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike want results, not rhetoric, from their elected Representative in Congress," continued Gorell. "Incumbent Brownley has failed to deliver jobs for local families or to protect our Veterans from the shameful treatment they are receiving at the hands of VA bureaucrats. It's time for a fresh voice in Congress."

"I am honored to earn endorsements from these outstanding Democratic leaders. Their willingness to cross party lines demonstrates the growing bipartisan wave of support that is building behind my candidacy," concluded Gorell.

Surging list of members of the "Democrats for Gorell" coalition include:
• Dr. Tom Holden, Former Mayor of Oxnard
• Dr. Irene Pinkard, Former Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard
• Bedford Pinkard, Former Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard
• Andres Herrera, Former Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard
• Frances Prince, Former Mayor of Thousand Oaks
• Sandy Smith, Former Mayor of Ventura
• Fred Robinson, Former Santa Paula Councilmember
• Dick Jaquez, Former Trustee of Oxnard High School District
• Steve Carlson, Former Chair of Moorpark Democratic Club
• Bob Taylor, Former Chair of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
• Cindy Diaz Telly, Former President of Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors
• Real Admiral Dr. Eugene "Gene" Fussell, US Navy (Ret.)
• Priscilla Herrera, Community Leader
• Mike Barber, Community Leader & Former El Rio School District Trustee
• Linda Barber, Small Business Owner
• Tila Santana-Estrada, Oxnard Business Owner
• Angel Estrada, Retired Business Owner
• John Ramirez, Oxnard Business Owner
• Maria Elena Ramirez, Community Advocate
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