Rural County Representatives of California Presents Sen. Cannella with Legislator of the Year Award

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) has been awarded the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) 2013 Patti Mattingly Award for legislator of the year. The Patti Mattingly Award recognizes policymakers who demonstrate leadership on rural issues, as well as understand the unique challenges California’s rural communities face.

“I have always lived in a rural community and have had first-hand knowledge of the issues they face from my work as a planning commissioner, councilmember, mayor, and senator.  I admire and respect the importance of what these communities bring to our state,” said Cannella. “Much of California’s economy and heritage was built on rural and agricultural communities, and I am committed to working with our rural counties to provide the support needed to continue this rich heritage. I am honored to receive this award.”

Cannella was chosen by the RCRC based on his rural-related legislation, including presenting legislation to provide long-term security for local and county fairs by giving the flexibility to operate efficiently, saving money, and preserving jobs; working to ensure agricultural products can be transported from the farm to the highway distribution system; and his bipartisan collaboration on legislation that addresses specific rural county issues, such as helping redevelop former Air Force bases like the Castle Commerce Center in Merced and providing economic relief to the South Monterey County Joint Union School District.

“It is with much appreciation that the RCRC selects Senator Cannella for his important work on behalf of rural counties in the State Senate,” said incoming RCRC Chair and Nevada County Supervisor Nate Beason. “His efforts demonstrate the need for policymakers to understand how important our state’s rural counties are to the fabric of California.”

The RCRC is a service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties and is dedicated to representing the collective unique interests of its membership by providing legislative and regulatory representation at State and Federal levels, as well as providing responsible services for its members to enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California counties. The RCRC Patti Mattingly Award was created in memory of Patti Mattingly, former Siskiyou County Supervisor, who was dedicated to supporting and promoting productive solutions surrounding rural issues. The RCRC Board of Directors selects just two recipients each year.

“I have always been able to pick up the phone and share with him a concern of Merced County. Each time, he has gone to work immediately to address our County’s concern or need,” said Merced County Supervisor John Pedrozo. “Furthermore, he has worked across the aisle to do what is in the best interest of the rural counties he represents.”

“The residents of San Benito County are grateful for the representation Senator Cannella has provided,” added Anthony Botelho, San Benito County Supervisor.  “Despite the enormous size of the district he represents, he always finds time to address the specific issues of our region.  Doing that takes hard work and a deep appreciation of the issues we face as rural residents.”