Cervantes joins six-way race for Merced City Council


John Carlisle, Alex Gallardo, Jr. and Monica Kay Villa haven't yet turned in their paperwork. Friday is the deadline to do so.

Cervantes sent the following press release to the Sun-Star:

Richard Cervantes Files Papers to Run for Merced City Council

The Chairman of the Merced Planning Commission, Richard Cervantes, 29, became an official candidate for City Council.

Richard is making his second attempt for a seat on the Council, finishing less than 100 votes short of being elected to the City Council in 2009. He now has two additional years of experience on the Planning Commission serving 4 1/2 years. One year as Vice Chair and is the current Chairman.

On the Council, Richard’s priorities will be to balance the city’s budget while protecting vital law enforcement services. He will also bring his leadership and experience from the Planning Commission in bringing family wage jobs to the community while cutting bureaucracy that too often deters businesses from locating in Merced.

"I look forward to bringing my business experience, enthusiasm, and knowledge of local government to the Merced City Council. By working together, we can make Merced a more inviting place to live, work and raise a family."

Richard is a 3rd generation Merced resident. He has been married to his wife, Kellie, for 12 years and they have two young daughters who attend Merced schools.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2011.