Samra lead­ing for Liv­ingston mayor; coun­cil race too close to call yet

Merced Sun-Star - - Local - BY VIKAAS SHANKER vshanker@mer­ced­sun­

For­mer Liv­ingston Mayor Gur­pal Samra is emerg­ing as the fa­vorite to win the four-way Liv­ingston may­oral race, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary re­sults.

Samra was hold­ing a handy lead with 36.94 per­cent of the vote com­pared to chal­lengers Juan Aguilar Jr., Mario Luera and Alex McCabe, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary elec­tion re­sults Wed­nes­day. Mayor Jim So­ria did not seek re-elec­tion.

Here is the lat­est vote break­down.

Samra; 555 votes, 36.94 per­cent

Aguilar: 432 votes, 28.05 per­cent

McCabe: 430 votes, 27.92 per­cent

Luera: 120 votes, 7.79 per­cent

If elected, Samra said he will use his prior ex­pe­ri­ence as mayor and a city coun­cil mem­ber to re­solve wa­ter is­sues, form a general plan for the city and work on rev­enue shar­ing with Merced County, ac­cord­ing to a cam­paign state­ment to the Sun-Star.

In ad­di­tion to fix­ing the city wa­ter’s high trichloro­propane lev­els, Samra wants to help craft and steer the city’s general plan to in­clude city ex­pan­sion. That also comes with the need for a new fire sta­tion, con­struc­tion of a new sports field and a “need to con­nect Win­ton Park­way with F St.,” Samra states.

Itisa crowded field vy­ing for three Liv­ingston City Coun­cil seats up for elec­tion Tues­day. Here are the pre­lim­i­nary re­sults:

Hope­fuls for one of the three seats were sep­a­rated by just a few votes in a crowded bal­lot. The can­di­dates: Ga­gan­deep Kang had 16.36 per­cent; Raul Gar­cia had 15.73 per­cent; Garry Gur­preet Singh had 9.86 per­cent; Maria Bap­tista Soto had 14.78 per­cent; Ja­son Roth had 8.38 per­cent; Elias Je­sus Mal­don­ado III had 10.85 per­cent; Jay Abrams had 6.56 per­cent; and Mu­cio Vera Jr. had 7.68 and Roberto Godinez had 9.56.

Two Liv­ingston Union Ele­men­tary School District board mem­bers are run­ning for re-elec­tion.

Farmer Rigo Espinoza emerged with a sub­stan­tial lead, car­ry­ing 45.91 per­cent of the vote. Mo­ran was in se­cond with 32.08 per­cent and Flores had 21.8, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary re­sults.

Area 4 Board Mem­ber Yolanda L. Pulido Cor­reia coasted to vic­tory over chal­lenger Johnny Guillen with 63.93 per­cent of the vote, pre­lim­i­nary re­sults in­di­cate.

Gur­pal Samra

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