The California Democratic Party on Sunday endorsed Adam Gray for an assembly seat being vacated by a fellow Democrat.
Gray, a part-time lecturer on state government at UC Merced, is seeking election in the newly drawn 21st Assembly District, which includes western portions of Stanislaus County and all of Merced.
He has the support of incumbent state Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani (D-Livingston), who is barred for seeking a fourth term by state term limits.
Also endorsing Gray is U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), for whom Gray worked when Cardoza was a member of the state assembly.
Gray boasts a number of endorsements from legislators from throughout California.
His family established Merced Dairy Supply.
Also in the running is a fellow Democrat, Lesa Rasmussen, who has served on both the Atwater City Council and the Atwater Elementary School District governing board.
Most of the endorsements listed on her website are local officials and residents.
There will be no Democratic party primary election in California this year, other than for president of the United States. County party central committee members will also run on a partisan ballot.
Under the new elections code, all candidates will be on the same ballot in June. In the technically non-partisan race, the top two finishers will face each other in November, regardless of party affiliation.
The new law does not prohibit parties from endorsing individual candidates.
Also in the running for the seat is Jack Mobley, a Merced Republican who is making his third run for the seat.
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