Gray lands fourth term in state assembly after win
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.