I must take exception to a recent letter to The Bee and The Sun-Star that asserts Jack Mobley has more and broader local support than Adam Gray in the state Assembly race. This is simply not true.
California law allows candidates to collect signatures of registered voters in the district to qualify for the ballot without paying a filing fee.
Few even attempt to do so. They need to get thousands of signatures. It takes hard work, a lot of volunteers, and most of all, a candidate who knock on doors and wins people over.
Jack Mobley has NEVER accomplished this. In fact, it hasn't happened in a legislative race in our area for over 10 years. Until now.
Adam Gray didn't have to pay a filing fee to run for office because thousands of his neighbors in Merced and Stanislaus counties signed petitions to put him on the ballot. No other candidate, running for any other office, demonstrated this kind of local support.
Gray and Mobley both asked groups representing businesses, employees and others for support. Gray received most of those endorsements.
That's not surprising, since only Gray had the local support and volunteers to collect over 3,000 signatures. That is more telling than any amount of Mobley bombast.