Gloves come off as race heats up for open Dist. 13 seat in Congress — Merced County Times



If you are a Merced County voter, and thinking Adam Gray is bound to win a seat in the U.S. Congress after several terms representing this area in the State Assembly — well, think again.

The 44-year-old Merced native has got a real fight on his hands.

At least that’s what’s suggested in the current field of seven candidates so far. Hopefuls from both major political parties say the race to represent the newly formed District 13 — a majority Latino region including Merced County, and parts of Fresno County, Madera, Turlock and Modesto — will draw national attention and some surprising results in the June 7 primary.

One thing is for sure. The top two vote-getters in June, regardless of party affiliation, will move on to the General Election on Nov. 8.

Democrat Phil Arballo of Fresno believes he will be one of those top…

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