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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 12

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Ken Vogel

Farmer/Independent Businessman
23,678 votes (25.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect the Delta and fight for more water storage
  • Oppose new tax hikes and stop high-speed rail
  • Create better-paying middle class jobs



Profession:Farmer / Independent Businessman
Farmer, Self Employed (1974–current)
County Supervisor, San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2006–2014)
Trustee, Linden Unified School District — Elected position (1992–2006)
Executive Director, San Joaquin County Republican Party (2004–2005)
Vice Principal / Principal, Lodi Unified School District (1980–2004)
Teacher / Vice Principal, Fresno Unified School District (1968–1980)


Fresno State University Credential, General Administrative (1972)
Fresno State University Masters of Arts, Education (1970)
Fresno State University Credential, Elementary School Teacher (1968)
Fresno State University Bachelor of Arts, History (1967)

Community Activities

Member, Advisory Water Commission (2013–2014)
Member, Groundwater Banking Authority (2007–2014)
Member, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (2010–2014)
Member, San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency (2010–2014)
Trustee, Lodi Public Library Board (2004–2006)


A farmer, educator and veteran, Ken Vogel grew up farming in Linden and graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelor’s degree in history, Master's degree in education, and Teaching and Administrative credentials.


Following college Ken enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1968. Ken was a member of the Army Reserve until 2000 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Ken is a member of the Modesto American Legion Post #74.



Ken, a lifelong farmer, raises over a hundred acres of walnuts and cherries in the Linden and Farmington areas marketing through local companies. In 2004, Ken received an award from Diamond Walnut as the Outstanding Hartley Walnut Grower of the area for that year.


Ken is a member and Past Director of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau. He is also a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. In 2015 Ken was awarded the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau President's award for his lifetime of service to San Joaquin County Agriculture.



Ken began his career as an educator in 1968 with the Fresno Unified School District. In 1980 he joined the staff of Lodi Unified School District as a teacher. He would ultimately work as Vice-Principal and Principal for LUSD until his retirement in 2004.


During his educational career Ken received the Lodi Lodge #256 of Masons Award for Outstanding Professional Service to Students of Public Schools. Ken also received the John Terry Award from the Lodi School Administrators Association for Outstanding Educator, and was named Boss of the Year in 2001 by the Lodi CSEA group of classified employees.


Public Servant

Ken was elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in 2007 serving until 2014 when he was termed out. Ken represented the cities of Ripon, Escalon and Rural San Joaquin County. Ken is widely considered by his peers as a leading Water Expert in the Delta Region.


During his tenure on the Board of Supervisors Ken served on the Advisory Water Commission, the Agricultural Advisory Board, the Board Water Committee, the Groundwater Banking Authority, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, the San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency and the 5 Delta Counties Coalition.


Prior to his election as County Supervisor Ken served as Trustee and President of the Linden Unified School District Board of Education from 1992 to 2006.


In 2014 Ken was inducted into the Lodi Community Hall of Fame for his contributions to government.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $453,037

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of VOGEL, KEN
Employees of California State Assembly
Association of California School Administrators
Trinchero Family Estates
Employees of Mettler Farms

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.83%
Tennessee 0.45%
Michigan 0.33%
Massachusetts 0.22%
Other 0.17%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.15%)
Small contributions (0.85%)

By Type:

From organizations (50.62%)
From individuals (49.38%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a conservative farmer and independent businessman, I have one goal: standing up to the tone deaf, liberal Sacramento politicians who constantly ignore Central Valley taxpayers.

I’m supported by former Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau and every member of the Ripon and Turlock City Councils.  I’m also endorsed by San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber-Salazar and San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore.

During my time as a San Joaquin County Supervisor and to this day, I’m fighting against spending our tax money on Governor Brown’s ill-conceived “Twin Tunnels" plan and his wasteful high speed rail system.  Instead, funding for those projects should be spent on more water storage so we have a reliable supply of water for our homes, businesses and farms.

Not only do I have a master’s degree in education, but I’ve taught in our public schools, worked as a school principal and served as President of the Linden Unified Board of Education.  So, I’ll push for more career education options and expanded job skill programs so folks have greater opportunities for good-paying, middle class jobs.

You can count on me to oppose tax hikes, defend the Second Amendment and keep radical environmentalists from trampling on our private property rights.

I’m a very proud U.S. Army veteran, but the best decision I ever made was marrying my wife of 38 years, Donnetta, and raising our four children together.  I would be honored to serve you in Sacramento.

God bless our Valley!!!

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