Bolin, Murphy join race for Merced City Council

Charles Daniel Bolin and Michael Walker Murphy were the latest Mercedians to throw their hats in the ring for Merced City Council elections.

After taking out his candidacy papers, Bolin spent much of his time Tuesday talking with downtown business owners about "what it is that Merced isn't doing right."

"I want to help businesses," he said. "I want to eliminate the red tape and bureaucracy that's driving our businesses to Modesto or Fresno."

Bolin, 25, is a Merced native who says he was born in the back of a Dodge Dart in 1986 in the Mercy Medical Center parking lot. He spent 10 years in Colorado before moving back to Merced He works for Evans Private Security and attends Merced College.

Note: Murphy wasn't immediately available on Tuesday afternoon but I'll post an update as soon as I hear from him.