Modesto Farmer Enters Race That Includes Adam Gray, Elizabeth Heng – GV Wire

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John Duarte, a Modesto farmer who took on the federal government, is running for Congress.

David Taub

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“Hard-working people are choosing between tanks of gas and what they’re eating for dinner. Farmers are wondering if they have enough water every single year. Parents are sending their kids to schools, knowing that their children should have better alternatives. It’s time to get back to basics,” Duarte said in a news release.

Duarte fought back against the federal government when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers accused him of damaging wetlands on his property. He eventually settled, paying fines and admitting no liability. His case raised the issues of property rights and environmental law.

The 13th Congressional District is an open seat with no incumbent. Major names in the race include Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced; Phil Arballo, D-Fresno; businessman…

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