Breaking down Merced Co.’s city council races

A look at the City Council battles across Merced County.


With Atwater Mayor Paul Creighton foregoing an election bid, District 1 Councilman John Cale and former Merced County Supervisor Mike Nelson are vying to replace him. 

In District 3, Councilman Danny Ambriz is running for reelection against James Murphy, a plumbing contractor. 

Councilman Brian Raymond is  running for reelection in District 4 unopposed. 

Dos Palos

Dos Palos’ city council elections will be as simple as any across the nation in November. 

Councilmembers Deborah Orlando and Rhomas Pigg are both running for reelection unopposed. 


Gustine Mayor Patrick Nagy is running for reelection against Dennis Brazil, a retired businessman. 

The Gustine City Council has three candidates – two incumbents – vying for two open seats. 

Those candidates are Councilman Derek Alexander, Councilman Rich Ford and business owner Sherri Marsigli. 

The top two vote getters will take office since Gustine City Council does not have districts. 


Two councilmembers are running against each other to become Livingston’s next mayor: Maria Soto and Jose Moran. 

Livingston’s other two councilmembers – Raul Garcia and Gagandeep Singh Kang – are running for reelection in the open election against interpreter and coach Alma Alvarez, planning commissioner Jason Roth, Marine and truck driver Ruben Prusso, realtor and bartender Linda Placencia and information technology analyst Gurpal Samra. 

Los Banos

Business owner Paul Llanez is running unopposed for Los Banos Mayor after former mayor Tom Faria resigned in September. 

District 2 Councilman Regufio Llamas is running for reelection against educator Douglas Begonia Jr. 

District 3 Councilman has a walkover as he will not face any challengers for his seat in November. 


Merced City Council, one of the more entertaining governing bodies across the Central Valley, could have some new faces after the election. 

District 2 Councilman Fernando Echevarria is running for reelection against retired mailman Ronnie De Anda. 

District 4 Councilman Kevin Blake was first elected in 2013 and is termed out. 

Running to replace him are businessman and radio journalist Casey Steed, trustee and legal counselor Shane Smith and Javier Fuentes, who is listed on the ballot as a community member. 

District 6 Councilman Delray Shelton is running for reelection against Fue Xiong, an engineer and housing advocate who is a regular at council meetings. 

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