Former Base Commander Endorses Hodges for 76th District

Col. Nick Marano—who retired this year from a Camp Pendleton post—told Sherry Hodges' supporters that she understands challenges facing military families.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s former commander has endorsed candidate Sherry Hodges in the race for California Assembly, District 76.

Retired Col. Nick Marano chose Hodges over her opponent—Rocky Chavez—also a retired Marine colonel who served on the base. 

Marano told Hodges' supporters in a letter that she understands the challenges facing military families:

She shares the values of our military community and does not shy away from standing on those values. While we all want our political leaders to work together to solve problems, we also want them to stand on principles important to the community. Sherry has always shown the right balance of working together without violating her bedrock principles. With our state facing important choices on taxes, growth and the budget, we need Sherry in Sacramento giving voice to those principles.

This week, Chavez acquired an endorsement by Carlsbad City Councilwoman Farrah Douglas, who had been running against him.


Concerned Citizen August 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Colonel Marano used "principles" twice in his endorsement statement for candidate Sherry Hodges. That must have been a critical element in his decision to support her instead of retired Marine colonel Rocky Chavez. There may be more transpiring behind the scenes that what superficially smiles before the public media. Viewing the candidates two websites displays a large disparity between the number and depth of supporters. And Hodges has a rather large number of retired military taking similar positions to endorse her candidacy over Chavez. That fact must mean something important to military veterans when they evaluated the two candidates before making their endorsement.
Tom O'Malley, Jr. August 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I have tremendous respect for Col Nick Marano, USMC (Ret) and know his steadfast committment to our Marines/Sailors and their families. I also know his support for his community. This is a big endorsement for an exceptional candidate; Sherry Hodges. As a retired Marines, I also support Sherry. I've know Sherry for many years and can attest to her leadership, her dedication to her family and her committment to stand on principles that are vital to all Americans. Tom O'Malley, Jr. Col USMC (Ret)
Mandy Barre August 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I too respect Col Murano but he is off base on this endorsement. Hodges is so far to the right she is not going to be able to accomplish anything in Sacramento for her constituents. Rocky already is well-known in Sacramento and has pledged to continue helping the military community, both active and retired. My vote will go to Col Chavez.
David Shore August 27, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I don't think this press release even deserves a response, considering Rocky's almost 30 year history in the marines and rising to the rank of Colonel. There is no way Hodges' experience as an assembly aide can compare. However, if anyone wants to suggest something is going on behind the scenes, then it must be asked why Hodges two former bosses, assemblymembers Wyland and Garrick are both supporting Rocky. It doesn't say a lot about your qualifications for office when your former employers won't support you.


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