Gustine — Democrat Dennis Brazil announced for the open State Senate
District 12 seat. Brazil, a life-long resident of the Central Valley, grew
up in the family trucking business, hauling hay and equipment, traveling
hundreds of miles throughout the valley on a daily basis. The family
business has been servicing clients both large and small for over 60 years.
“I learned a valuable lesson from my Grandfather when he said – ‘If you
want to make it in the farming business, you have to roll up your sleeves,
get your hands dirty and work hard,’” said Brazil. “Growing up in the
family business taught me to never take people for granted and listen to
what they have to say. As the operations manager for Kagome I’m always
there no matter what day or time, jumping in to keep the production line
going, moving product from warehouse-to-warehouse and solving challenges as
a team,” Brazil continued.
For over 25 years, Dennis Brazil has worked for Kagome Inc. in Los Banos,
as an operations manager. Kagome is a major food processor that produces
tomato based products, such as pasta sauce, pizza sauce, salsa and other
sauces for the restaurant and food service business. They ship product
from coast to coast and export into over 40 countries. He manages the
day-to-day operations driving hundreds of miles from the various
facilities, overseeing over 150 employees, as well as the production of
products for the customer base.
“I’m running for State Senate to help others. I know that we can make this
district a better place by meeting folks where they live and work,
listening to their hopes and concerns. I look forward to meeting all
families across this Senate District,” said Brazil.
He served six years as Mayor of Gustine where he worked to revitalize the
downtown, create jobs, and fight crime. While serving as Mayor he also
served four years on the San Joaquin Air District Board of Directors, and
six years on Merced County Crime Stoppers. He has been actively engaged in
the Fight for Water.
With over 60% of the Democratic vote in the Central Valley, Brazil is well
positioned to run for this State Senate seat.
The 12th Senate District is currently held by Senator Anthony Cannella who
is unable to run for reelection due to term limits. The district covers
Fresno, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito and Stanislaus counties.
Democrats have a registration edge of over 17%.