Merced County Supervisor Jerry O’Banion has announced that he will seek re-election.
O’Banion, a Dos Palos resident, has represented District 5, which includes Los Banos, Volta, Santa Nella, Midway, Dos Palos Y, South Dos Palos and Dos Palos since 1991.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed representing the people of District 5,” O’Banion said in a statement Tuesday. “As a lifetime Westside resident, it has been my privilege to champion the issues most important to the families in my district.”
O’Banion, 67, underwent surgery for acute appendicitis in 2013.
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“Being out of the office for a few days left me uneasy,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to get back and tackle issues for my constituents.”
O’Banion’s post-election priorities would include getting new government facilities built.
“In my next term, I look forward to working on a number of critically important projects like constructing the new Los Banos courthouse and seeing that a new correctional facility is built in Merced County,” O’Banion said. “By working on issues like these and many others, we can continue to make positive strides for the people of Merced County.”
O’Banion has served as a councilman and mayor of Dos Palos, First 5 commissioner and a member of the Merced County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).
As supervisor, O’Banion has advocated for Highway 152 to become a trade corridor between Highways 99 and 101 and has worked toward minimizing the impact a proposed high-speed rail system could have on local farms and ranches.
O’Banion is a Dos Palos native.
He is a partner in O’Banion Ranches, a diversified farming operation.
O’Banion is involved in several local service clubs. He and his wife served as the grand marshals of the 2013 Merced County Spring Fair.