Mayor Mike Murphy announced today that he will not enter the race for California’s 16th District Congressional seat in the 2020 election. As first reported by The Merced County Times, Mayor Murphy was seriously considering entering the race.
Mayor Murphy’s final term as Mayor will end in late 2020, which would coincide with the congressional race in 2020. The timing of the race was a large factor in his decision not to enter the race.
Murphy said, “2020 will be my final year as Mayor and there are still a lot of important projects that I want to get across the finish line while I am in office. Our downtown is undergoing a major revitalization, new home construction is the strongest it’s ever been, our unemployment rate is at its lowest rate ever, and Mercedians are feeling more optimistic about our future than at any time in recent history. In May 2020, we will be hosting the Tour of California bicycle race, which will be the biggest sporting event the city has ever experienced. We have a great team at the city and I want to be focused on Merced in 2020. Devoting my final year as Mayor to a congressional race would detract from that focus. I want to thank everyone who has shown me support in this process; I truly appreciate it. I’m looking forward to the upcoming year as we work on the many exciting projects that lie ahead for our community.”
Mike Murphy is the Mayor of the City of Merced. He was first elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2018. Prior to serving as Mayor, he served on the Merced City Council from 2011 to 2016. Murphy grew up in Merced and practices law there. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s law school. He and his wife Heather have been married for nearly 18 years and have 4 children.