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Two new Republicans to represent region

Two new Republicans are now in the local political scene as they start to represent Merced County in Washington and Sacramento. Late last week, farmer and businessman John Duarte declared victory in California’s 13th Congressional District, which contains much of the middle-to-lower Central Valley area. And on Monday, newly elected State…

Council candidates speak out at forum

The final stretch of Election 2022 is upon us, and local candidates are ramping up their public appearances in the attempt to garner the most possible votes in their respective races. On Tuesday night at City Hall, candidates for seats on the Merced City Council gathered to express their views during an election forum organized by…

It’s Looking Like: Soria vs. Pazin;  Gray vs. Duarte

Fresno Democrat Esmeralda Soria took an early lead Tuesday night in the election to fill the open 27th State Assembly District seat, and she appears to be heading toward a run off in November with Merced County’s own Mark Pazin. Soria, a Fresno City Council member, is in the lead of the four-candidate race as of Wednesday morning with 42 percent…