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ELECTION 2020: Candidates lining up in Merced races

Councilman Martinez throws hat in for Mayor of Merced


The official candidate filing period in Merced County has been open for about two weeks now, and the names on the list are growing.

Intense campaigns and a record-setting election are expected in a turbulent and consequential year marked by a national pandemic, stay-at-home orders, local economic devastation, and widespread social unrest.

Of particular note are the city races in Merced, where the local government is also dealing with it’s share of controversy — a censure of one council member and the firing of the City Manager — on top of all the other 2020 challenges.

According to the candidate list — which remains fluid and won’t be finalized until mid-August — so far here’s what’s happening:

Merced Mayor

Merced City Councilman (Dist. 1) Anthony Martinez — who is termed out this year — has pulled papers in the mayoral race. Two other already-announced candidates have also pulled papers: former City Councilman Michael Belluomini, and current City Councilman (Dist. 5) Matthew Serratto. Another announced candidate, homeless advocate Monica Villa, has yet to pull papers).


Merced City Council, District 1

Anthony Levi Martinez (current incumbent) can still switch gears and run for re-election. However, he would be  facing these current challengers — also fellow teachers —  who have pulled papers for the race.

Louis Smith (teacher)

Joel J. Knox (retired teacher)


Merced City Council, District 3

Jill McLeod (incumbent)

Allen Brooks (business owner)

Bertha Perez (labor organizer)


Merced City Council, District 5

This is Matthew Serratto’s seat that’s up for grabs.

Sarah Boyle (business woman)

Anthony Anderson (military)


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