Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, has scheduled two public meetings this week with Merced County residents as part of his ongoing community outreach effort.
Called Coffee Breaks, the first one is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Brooks Ranch Restaurant, 975 Bellevue Road, Atwater. The second meeting will be the same day from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Foster Farms Restaurant, 221 Stefani Ave., Livingston.
Gray is running unopposed for re-election and will be seeking community input on state and legislative issues that affect the communities he serves.
Also on Saturday, Gray is expected to make an appearance at a Covered California enrollment event in Merced.
Gray, who represents the 21th Assembly District, turned in more than 2,500 signatures from voters to gain a spot on the June 3 ballot, but no opponent surfaced to challenge him.
The state allows candidates to lower the filing fee with signatures from registered voters. To cover the cost entirely with a petition, a candidate needs at least 1,500 signatures. Gray also exceeded that number of signatures when he ran two years ago.
The 21st District is predominantly Democratic and includes Merced County and the southwest section of Stanislaus County, including parts of Modesto.
Gray was elected in November 2012. The last day to register to vote is May 19. Election day is June 3.
Sun-Star staff writer Ana B. Ibarra can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.