Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, announced that he will not seek re-election to his congressional seat.

McNerney’s announcement Tuesday means the seat will be sought by Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, who currently represents California’s 10th Congressional District; Tom Patti, a Republican who currently serves on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors; and Harpreet Chima, a Democrat and University of California, Davis alumnus.

McNerney began representing California’s 9th District after being elected to the seat in 2012. He previously held the 11th District seat prior to redistricting for the 2010 U.S. Census.

The 9th District includes parts of San Joaquin, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.

In San Joaquin County, McNerney assisted in securing investments in infrastructure, childcare, education, and other programs needed throughout the county.

“I am very proud of the many accomplishments that my staff and I have achieved in Congress, including the creation of a major veteran’s health center facility in San Joaquin County, providing outstanding help for constituents with federal agencies and securing major investments in infrastructure and public safety, broadband, education, childcare, and health care access,” McNerney said in a prepared statement.

The primary election will take place on June 7.

Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at