(Merced) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) today announced he will campaign to represent the newly created 13th Congressional District representing all of Merced County, and portions of the counties of Stanislaus, Madera, and Fresno.
Gray has represented approximately half of the residents of the 13th Congressional District in the 21st Assembly District over the last decade. “Today I am incredibly proud to announce my candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Gray. “For nearly a decade, I have had the distinct privilege of representing my hometown and the communities I love in the State Assembly. Together we fought to protect our water from the State Water Grab, increase access to health care for our underserved communities, and improve our quality of life by reducing crime and creating jobs. Those fights were not always easy, but I am proud to say that we won a lot more often than we lost. Now I am asking for the opportunity to bring that fight to Washington. A lot of great people with good intentions go to DC and quickly fall prey to the partisanship that has infected our nation’s capital. Anyone who knows me will tell you I have never wavered in my commitment to my constituents over my party. Partisanship will never dictate my vote. That’s not an empty promise. It’s something I have proven every day I have been in office.
In Congress, my priorities will not be set by the leaders of my political party. They will instead come from the people I represent. I will fight to bring resources back to the San Joaquin Valley to support agriculture and jobs, build new water storage, and mitigate the effects of flooding and drought. I will work to improve access to health care including by addressing our regional doctor shortage through the establishment of the UC Merced/UCSF-Fresno medical school. I will support efforts to clamp down on the property and violent crimes that have plagued our communities during the pandemic. Importantly, I will always support good ideas regardless of if they come from Democrats, Republicans, or independents.”
In conjunction with the announcement of his bid for Congress, Assemblyman Gray also announced he has received the following endorsements from community leaders:
US Representative Jim Costa Former US Representative Tony Coehlo Former US Representative Gary Condit Sr. Former US Representative Dennis Cardoza State Treasurer Fiona Ma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond Former Secretary of CDFA Bill Lyons, Jr. State Senator Melissa Hurtado State Senator Bob Hertzberg Former State Senator Anthony Cannella Former State Senator Cathleen Galgiani Assemblymember Carlos Villapadua Assemblymember Akilah Weber Assemblymember Evan Low Assemblymember Phil Ting Assemblymember Blanca Rubio Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Former Assemblymember Rusty Areias Former Assemblymember Kristin Olsen Former Assemblymember Henry T. Perea Jr. Former Assemblymember Nicole Parra Merced County Superintendent of Schools Steve Tietjen Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke Merced County Supervisor Lloyd Pareira Merced County Supervisor Josh Pedrozo Merced County Supervisor Daron McDaniel Merced County Supervisor Scott Silviera Merced Mayor Matt Serratto Merced City Councilmember Kevin Blake Merced City Councilmember Delray Shelton Merced City Councilmember Bertha Perez
Merced City Councilmember Sarah Boyle Merced City Councilmember Fernando Echeverria Merced Irrigation District Director Robert Weimer Merced Irrigation District Director Dave Long Merced Irrigation District Director Jeff Marchini Merced Community College District Trustee Carmen Ramirez Merced City School District Trustee Allen Brooks Mayor of Los Banos Tom Faria Mayor of Dos Palos April Hogue Mayor of Gustine Pat Nagy Atwater City Councilmember Brian Raymond Atwater City Councilmember John Cale Planada Superintendent of Schools Jose Gonzalez Mayor of Livingston Juan Aguilar Jr. Stanislaus County Supervisor Mani Grewal Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa Mayor of Modesto Sue Zwahlen Modesto City Councilmember Rosa Escutia-Braaton Modesto City Councilmember Jenny Kenoyer Modesto Irrigation District Board Member Larry Byrd Former Vice Mayor of Ceres Ken Lane Ceres City School Board Trustee Faye Lane Former Ceres City Councilmember Bret Durossette Ceres City School Board Trustee Mike Welsh Calaveras County Supervisor Jack Garamendi Jr.
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Assemblyman Adam C. Gray currently represents the 21st Assembly District which includes all of Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County.
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