Gray lands fourth term in state as­sem­bly after win

Merced Sun-Star - - News - Sun-Star staff

Adam Gray cruised to vic­tory Tues­day night, sweep­ing up nearly 70per­cent of the vote in Merced County over lib­er­tar­ian chal­lenger Justin Ryan Quigley. Gray, DMerced, won his fourth term to the Cal­i­for­nia As­sem­bly for District 21. He first was elected in 2012.

Gray’s cam­paign man­ager, Mike Lynch, said Gray was “very happy” with the vote of con­fi­dence he re­ceived Tues­day.

“He’s go­ing right back to work, get­ting up (Wed­nes­day) at 6 a.m. to be in Sacra­mento for the Wa­ter Board hear­ing,” Lynch told the SunS­tar.

Lynch said Gray’s top pri­or­i­ties for Merced and the district “will con­tinue to be” help­ing lo­cal res­i­dents get bet­ter ac­cess to med­i­cal ser­vices and fight­ing for wa­ter for farm­ers and the com­mu­nity.

Gray has long ad­vo­cated for more health care and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties in Merced County, say­ing the com­mu­nity would ben­e­fit from a med­i­cal school at UC Merced. Gray has cited a re­cent re­port show­ing the Val­ley — Merced, Fresno, Stanis­laus, Madera, Kerns, Kings, Tu­lare, and San Joaquin coun­ties - rank low in air qual­ity, and high in poverty, Medi-Cal cov­er­age and unin­sured pop­u­la­tion.

“It’s one of the fastest­grow­ing, poor­est and least healthy re­gions in Cal­i­for­nia,” Gray said of the Val­ley at a health sum­mit in June.

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