July 6, 2011

Dear Friend,

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable 4th of July weekend. The holiday was a great reminder of the many blessings and liberties we cherish as Americans. It also coincided with an important milestone in our campaign for Congress. Our first fundraising period ended on June 30th, and I am proud to say that your support has exceeded our highest expectations.

Just 44 days after announcing our candidacy on May 17th, this campaign will report to the Federal Election Commission that we raised over $420,000 in donations, all from individuals like you. Unlike other campaigns, we didn’t take out any loans to inflate this figure, and we didn’t receive any contributions from PACs.

This success is a shared success, but we all know that it is only a beginning. I recognize that this campaign belongs to all of us, and I will remain just as focused and diligent as we move into the next phase of our efforts to bring real representation to the San Joaquin Valley.

I grew up in San Joaquin County. I went to school here, worked on my family’s farms in Lodi, and volunteered to help the area’s youth and homeless. Today, as a result of a good education and remarkable parents, I am fortunate to have opportunities to serve and contribute. I am committed to serving the people here in the community that I call home.

The San Joaquin Valley is a community that needs real care and commitment from its representative in Washington, not the halfhearted efforts of a caretaker from the East Bay. The issues facing this community require a local understanding, and we deserve representation that comes from the San Joaquin Valley. I’m not running for Congress simply to vote on your behalf -- I’m running for Congress to lead on our behalf.

Our campaign’s success is a direct result of your enthusiasm and commitment to community. We have a long road ahead of us, but together we can restore our valley’s place in American politics. Please stay tuned at for more frequent updates. Thank you so much for your support.

Very truly yours,

Ricky Gill