Tom Berryhill to run for Cogdill's Senate seat

State Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, announced this morning that he will run for the state Senate seat being vacated next year by Dave Cogdill.

Berryhill, who has served for three years in the Assembly, will seek his party’s nomination in the June primary in the 14th Senate District, which is heavily Republican.

“From fighting taxes and working for economic recovery to protecting our communities from a government that’s too often unaccountable, I am very proud to represent the hard-working families and businesses of the Central Valley,” he said in a news release. “I would be honored to continue that type of conservative leadership in the State Senate.”

The district takes in parts of Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Madera and Fresno counties and all of Tuolumne and Mariposa counties.

Cogdill last month surprised Republican leaders with his announcement that he would not seek a second four-year term. He was elected in 2006 after six years in the Assembly.

Berryhill’s announcement could mean a wide-open race next year in his 25th Assembly District. It covers parts of Stanislaus and Madera counties and all of Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Mono counties.