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Barragan launches campaign for county supervisor

The mood was upbeat and everyone was excited at Trevino’s Restaurant in downtown Merced on June 19 when Angel Barragan announced the launch of his campaign for the District 2 seat on the Merced County Board of Supervisors.

The event started with the National Anthem sung beautifully by Kayla Medina, a current UC Merced student, followed by the flag salute led by Barragan’s daughter Samantha and nephew Jacob Medina.

Barragan’s wife of 17 years, Nelly, talked endearingly about her husband and his accomplishments before introducing him as the next Merced County supervisor for District 2.

Barragan is a product of local higher education, and supporters say he has come a long way to improve his life in the community that he loves, and has worked hard to get to where he’s at now. After several years, he returned to school to receive his GED from Merced Adult School. He attended Merced College, and became a first generation graduate, earning two A.A. degrees in Communications and Social and Behavioral Sciences. He then went on to study at UC Merced, and earned a B.A. degree in Sociology.

Barragan is currently the dean of students at Stone Ridge Christian School and a pastor at Yosemite Church.

A group of about 40 family members, friends and supporters listened intently to the candidate — a Mercedian for over 20 years — as he talked about his plans if elected. Baragan listed his top priorities as: public safety, a balanced budget and safe drinking water for residents and the agricultural community.

Some of those in attendance came from Atwater, Los Banos and Santa Nella to lend support.

After speeches were made and before the socializing started, Barragan’s daughter recited a special prayer for him, his campaign, and a successful outcome.

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