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GRAY IS IN: State Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced Announces Run for U.S. Congress


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.”


MEANWHILE … Harder Announces CA-9 Reelection Run

As Jerry McNerney will not seek reelection, Josh Harder of Turlock will run for reelection in CA-9 which includes the cities of Tracy, Manteca, Ripon and Escalon, which he currently represents

Today, Representative Josh Harder of Turlock announced he will run for reelection in California’s 9th congressional district, which encompasses the majority of San Joaquin County, including Tracy, Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon, which he currently represents in Congress. Representative Jerry McNerney, who has represented the area in Congress since 2007, announced he will not seek reelection.

“It has been an honor to have Representative Jerry McNerney as a mentor and a friend. From delivering our veterans a VA clinic in French Camp to expanding broadband and helping close the digital divide, Rep. McNerney made our entire state proud. Jerry, thank you for your incredible service to our community,” said Rep. Harder. “Today, I’m humbled to share I will be running for reelection in CA-9 which encompasses parts of mine and Jerry’s districts. More than 150 years ago, my great-great-grandpa joined a wagon train to California and settled in Manteca to start a peach farm and raise his family. With Pam and my first child on the way, I’m excited to grow my own family and continue my public service in the same community he settled in all those years ago.”

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