For Immediate Release: September 23, 2022
Contact: Mike Lynch - (209) 380-5841
(MODESTO) – The Modesto Chamber of Commerce – the city’s largest business group – has endorsed Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) in his bid to represent the people of California’s 13th Congressional District.
“I’m proud of this endorsement,” said Gray, who has served a portion of Modesto and the west side of Stanislaus County in the Assembly for the past ten years. “The Chamber is involved in the day-to-day workings of most every business in Modesto. It knows the challenges of trying to make a business work in such uncertain times when you have to deal with changing markets, supply-chain problems, drought, and even a pandemic.
“They are great allies in our goal of creating jobs and helping families prosper. I look forward to working with the Chamber to make certain our area will thrive going forward.”
Gray was able to point to specific accomplishments that have benefited the Modesto area, such as finding $1 million to fund the VOLT Institute, which works with local employers to train young adults to work as machinists and large-equipment maintenance workers to meet regional employment needs.
The Chamber recognized Gray’s essential role in protecting the region’s water. He took the lead in organizing a rally on the Capitol steps in 2018 to protest efforts by the State Water Board to commandeer vast amounts of water currently used for agriculture in Stanislaus County. The rally drew some 1,500 people, the largest in Sacramento that year. The state recently agreed on a framework for Voluntary Agreements that will ensure there is enough water for area farmers to grow food for the nation.
“Without water, our region’s economy will be ruined – just as the lives of thousands of people will be ruined,” said Gray. “This an ongoing issue. Working with the Chamber we will remain vigilant as we take this issue to the halls of Congress.”
Gray has also been at the forefront to provide funding for floodplain restoration, establishment of a medical school at UC Merced, expanded residency programs in Modesto hospitals, and more funding for schools. He worked across party lines to bring the ACE train to Modesto, which is expected to start carrying passengers to the Bay Area by 2025.
Gray, born and raised in Merced, is the only candidate who lives in the 13th District. A full list of Gray's endorsements can be found here.
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Adam Gray is running to represent portions of Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties in the 13th Congressional District. He currently serves in the California State Assembly representing Merced County and Stanislaus County.