After months of unofficial campaigning, Napa Republican Doris Gentry has formally announced her candidacy for state Assembly to represent the district that includes Napa County.
Gentry — a conservative Republican and active member of the Napa Tea Party movement — ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2008, when she lost to incumbent Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa.
Evans completes her third and final term in the Assembly this year.
Now, as the only announced Republican candidate in the 7th Assembly District, Gentry, 55, likely will run unopposed in the June Republican primary. Democrats Michael Wilson of Vallejo and Santa Rosans Michael Allen and Lee Pierce have also announced their intention to run for the seat.
The general election is in November.
In a statement issued Monday night, Gentry vowed to shake up Sacramento and end “business as usual” as the 7th Assembly District’s only conservative Republican candidate.
“The California State Legislature is failing the people,” Gentry said. “Spending is out of control, taxes are too high and our annual state deficits are in the billions. We need to send a message to Sacramento that we will not tolerate this any longer.”
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Gentry points to the deteriorating job market as the main reason for her decision to get in the race again.
“Since 2008, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties have continued to bleed jobs,” she said. “People are out of work. They’re hurting. Foreclosures have escalated and are out of control.”
If elected, Gentry said she would lower taxes, cut spending and scale back on regulation in order to stimulate job growth.
Gentry also vows to represent Napa County’s agricultural interests in the Legislature if elected.
A self-described runaway who lived on the streets of Hollywood, Mexico and Miami in her early teens, Gentry runs a manufacturing business, Lift Mates Inc., which distributes a device to help people lift boxes.
She has long been active in foster parenting, having parented more than 100 foster children. Gentry serves as president of the Napa County Family and Foster Parent Association.
She is also a member of the Napa Sunrise Rotary Club, Napa Chamber of Commerce, Foster Care Advocates, Grace Church and American Screen Writers Association, and she serves on the board of the Foster Kids Fund.