Assemblymember Adam Gray has submitted over 1,700 signatures of voters in the 21st Assembly District to qualify for placement on the ballot in lieu of paying a filing fee.
“I have collected signatures to get my name on the ballot every time I have run for office,” said Gray. “It’s hard work, but meeting voters at their door and hearing about what matters to them is essential in order for me to represent them well up in Sacramento,” he added.
Gray will appear on March 2020 ballot seeking reelection to the State Assembly.
“Most legislators have stopped the practice of collecting signatures and just pay the filing fee instead,” said Mike Lynch, Gray’s campaign manager. “Adam likes to do it this way.”
It the best kind of endorsement any candidate can get. Last election, he was the only State Assembly candidate who got on the ballot by signatures alone,” said Lynch. “I suspect he will be one of the few to do so in 2020 also.”
Gray has already received early endorsements from Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Professional Firefighters, and the California Teachers Association, along with many individual residents and leaders of the district and area.
“This is a no brainer for those of us who live here,” said Planada School Superintendent Jose Gonzalez. “We have never had a representative who fights for us like Adam Gray,” he added. “Whether the issue is stopping the water grab, getting a medical school and more doctors for the valley or securing equitable school funding, Gray is fierce in advocating for us. He puts us first, before partisanship or politics.”