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Villapudua nabs endorsement from Merced’s Gray

California State Assembly candidate and former San Joaquin County Supervisor Carlos Villapudua picked up a big endorsement Thursday.

Assemblyman Adam Gray (D–Merced) announced his endorsement for Villapudua, who is running for the 13th Assembly District.

“Our Valley needs legislators that will look out for our working families and the local small businesses that employ them,” Gray said in a release. “Carlos Villapudua’s experience in local government, as a chamber CEO and as a small business owner make him the clear choice for the 13th Assembly District. I’m happy to endorse his campaign and look forward to working with Carlos in the State Assembly.”

Gray is the chair of the powerful Assembly Governmental Organization Committee and a key member of the Moderate Democrats, or “Mod Dems” as they are often referred to inside the State Capitol.

Gray joins other high profile figures who endorse Villapudua, including Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman.

The 13th District is centered in Stockton. Democrat Susan Eggman currently represents the district, but she is running for the state senate District 5 seat.

Villapudua is running against two other democrats: Stockton City Councilwoman Christina Fugazi and San Joaquin County Supervisor Kathy Miller. Villapudua is a former San Joaquin County supervisor.

The primary election will be held on March 3. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at