McKay, former Ceres councilman, kicks into high gear to capture open Senate seat

Former Ceres City Councilman Jeff McKay (R–Del Rio) is wasting little time trying to capture a north Valley State Senate Seat.

McKay launched his bid for the open 4th Senate District last week following news of Sen. Andreas Borgeas’ (R–Fresno) decision to skip a 2022 re-election bid by moving into the district.

McKay, a Modesto native and graduate of California State University, Stanislaus, is a businessman who is currently on the Stanislaus Union School Board.

His companies include Chico-based farming manufacturer Jessee Equipment Manufacturing Company, Intermountain Truss Company, almond processor Wholesome Nut Company, and payment processing firm FP Omni Technologies.

Monday, McKay’s camp announced the businessman and local lawmaker hauled in $253,000, a combination of a hefty six-figure loan and weeklong sprint of fundraising.

“Our campaign has serious momentum,” McKay said in a statement. “I’m focused on tackling the key issues that affect the residents of the new Fourth State Senate District. We need to stop losing jobs, decrease crime, and prevent fires that ravage our region. We need to invest in the things that matter, like water storage for our farmers and all Californians.”

The seat, which is anchored in Stanislaus County, runs along the California-Nevada border from from Lake Tahoe to Death Valley.

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.