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Johnny Tacherra
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 16
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolRiverdale Christian Academy (1994)
Date of birthJuly 30, 1975
Place of birthFresno, California
ProfessionDairy farmer
Campaign website
Johnny Tacherra was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 16th Congressional District of California. Tacherra was narrowly defeated by incumbent Jim Costa in the general election.[1] He unsuccessfully ran for election to the same seat in 2012.


Tacherra was born on July 30, 1975, in Fresno, California.[2]


  • 1994: Riverdale Christian Academy


Tacherra is a fourth generation dairy farmer.[2]


Campaign themes


Tacherra's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Healthcare: "Jim Costa must be held responsible for the failure of ObamaCare as the Congressman who cast the deciding vote against the wishes of the Central Valley’s residents. Poor planning and implementation of ObamaCare is costing millions of Americans their health insurance, raising rates and costing jobs."
  • Tax Rates: "When the I.R.S. is not abusing political opponents of Barack Obama with audits and intimidation, it is damaging job growth and our economy. I favor a national flat tax with minimal deductions for politically connected contributors to unleash capitalism on our failing economy and create good paying jobs again."
  • Illegal Immigration: "I fully support policies that will keep families together and secure our border but amnesty for millions is not a solution and will cost trillions of dollars. There must be incremental reform that recognizes we are a beacon of freedom for people savaged by repression (Cambodia and Cuba come to mind), not just difficult economic circumstances."
  • Second Amendment: "I will always be a loud voice in support of protecting our rights to keep and bear arms. I will be a thorn in the side of those like Nancy Pelosi and Jim Costa who want to take our guns and freedoms away."
  • Environmental Protection: "We must protect our farmland and all the environmental benefits it creates for our Central Valley way of life. I will support limiting pollution from big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles instead of targeting Central Valley farmers. The current system is broken by big city liberal bureaucrats who create the pollution and then look to attack us when they feel guilty about it."


—Johnny Tacherra's campaign website,



See also: California's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Tacherra ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 16th District. Tacherra and incumbent Jim Costa (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Job Melton (D), Joanna Botelho (R), Steve Crass (R) and Mel Levey (R). Tacherra was narrowly defeated by Costa in the general election. The race remained uncalled for over two weeks following the election.[1][5]

U.S. House, California District 16 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 50.7% 46,277
     Republican Johnny Tacherra 49.3% 44,943
Total Votes 91,220
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 16 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa Incumbent 44.3% 25,586
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohnny Tacherra 21.7% 12,542
     Republican Steve Crass 15.4% 8,877
     Republican Mel Levey 7.9% 4,565
     Republican Joanna Garcia-Botelho 6.6% 3,827
     Democratic Job Melton 4.1% 2,370
Total Votes 57,767
Source: California Secretary of State


See also: California's 16th Congressional District elections, 2012

Tacherra ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 16th District. He was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[6][7]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tacherra's reports.


Tacherra married his wife, Lisa Marie, in 1995. They have four children.[2]

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