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Fight with federal regulators spurred run
Brad Goehring is running for Congress to represent the 11th District. - photo by Photo Contributed


• WHAT: Republican 11th District Congressional candidates’ forum hosted by the South San Joaquin Republicans
• WHEN: Monday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m.
• WHERE: Crossroads Grace Community Church, 1505 Moffat Blvd.

Brad Goehring got to see first-hand the inner workings of representative government and how it can benefit the small business owner.

When facing a long and exhaustive battle with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency over farming practices on a plot of land that he purchase, Goehring turned to then-Congressman Richard Pombo for assistance – eventually having the seven-term representative’s office intervene on his behalf and resolve the matter.

Now he’s hoping to secure that same office so that he can ensure that both residents and business owners will have a place to turn when it comes to voicing concern about what he calls “an overreaching government.”

“I’m tired of seeing regulatory agencies and big government forcing business people who have done nothing wrong around,” said Goehring – who grew up in Lodi and now resides in Clements. “That whole experience opened my eyes quite a bit as to what government is capable of, and I want people to know that they have an advocate in office that plans to do something about that.”

Rather than letting the experience of dealing with the federal government discourage him, Goehring swore to continue the fight even after he found himself in the clear. He stepped up his involvement with the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau and took an active role championing the organization’s role in protecting farmers from provisions in the Clean Water Act.

After spending three years fighting for that cause, Goehring said he realized that the logical next step in doing something more productive would be to seek a position where could make a bigger impact on the legislative process. He turned to trusted friends and colleagues about the possibility of a congressional run, and with their support, elected to throw his hat in the ring.

Goehring will be one of seven Republican candidates vying for the seat that McNerney has held for more than three years. Six of those candidates are scheduled to be on hand at Crossroads Grace Community Church on Monday, Jan. 11.

“I’m no longer willing to sit on the sidelines and cast votes and fire arrows towards the middle,” Goehring said. “I think that it would be a lot more productive to be on the inside lobbing bombs.

“I want to bring a conservative constitutional perspective to my office along with a common sense approach. If there’s an issue that doesn’t fit in the conservative or the constitutional category, I want to be the person to approach that issue from a common sense perspective.”

Goehring’s campaign website can be viewed by visiting Additional information including Goehring’s stance on the issues, as well as information on how to donate to his campaign, are included on the site.