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 It has been my privilege toserve the residents of Merced as Mayor since my election in November 2016. Merced has been my hometown since childhood. I attended Ada Givens Elementary, Sheehy Elementary, Hoover Jr. High, Merced High School and then Golden Valley High School where I graduated in its second graduating class as senior class president and captain of the wrestling team.


Although I have always kept my hometown roots, I’ve had opportunities and accomplishments outside of our region as well. I am a graduate of Georgetown Law School and practiced law in Silicon Valley representing technology companies in high stakes business transactions. Recently, I was recognized by Business Street as one of the top “40 under 40” young business professionals in central California.


I am a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to better serve the public good. I lived abroad as a missionary in Tahiti where I became fluent in the French and Tahitian languages serving many that are less fortunate than we are.


Heather and I moved our family back to Merced 8 years ago by choice. We wanted to raise our 3 children in a family-friendly environment around their aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma and good friends. We have since added another child to our family and have 4 kids. Our oldest is 15 years old and was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 4.  We support our local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and our family is hopeful that researchers will find a cure to this disease soon.


When I left my Silicon Valley law firm I started a new law firm on Canal Street in downtown Merced, just 3 blocks from Bob Hart Square in a charming building that my partner and I renovated. I am a business attorney who advises clients in various aspects of business transactions, including incorporations, intellectual property protection, real estate purchases and leases, and business succession planning. For the most part, my clients are small businesses that employ our friends and neighbors and give back to the community. In addition, I taught a course at UC Merced on local politics where I invited local leaders to meet with my class to discuss important issues.


I love being part of Merced and I care deeply about our success as a city. I haven’t run for public office for the money. In fact, I’ve never taken any salary for my work.


I am committed to keeping our residents safe, creating economic opportunities, and being held to account as a city leader. The theme of my 2016 campaign for mayor was “Safety. Prosperity. Accountability.” This website has information about my vision for this city and how we can accomplish it together. You can also come to one of my upcoming events to learn more about me. Check this website regularly as well as my Facebook page and Twitter account (@MercedMayor) for updates on upcoming campaign events.


Please join me in making our vision for Merced a reality.

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Paul Creighton For Mayor

Council Member Paul Creighton was elected in 2016. His term will expire in November of 2020.


Mr. Creighton serves as a member on the League of California Cities Central Valley Division. He serves as an alternate to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.


"I’m so thankful for all the business owners who support us and are ready to see Atwater become a healthy positive place to work and live once again".

                                                                                                                             Thank you Atwater!

                                                                                                                                  -Paul Creighton

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Brian Raymond City Council

Being a fourth-generation resident of Atwater, it has been my honor to serve you these past four years. I am proud of the work we have done together and look forward to what we will do in the future.


As Atwater’s Budget Watchdog, I have fought for lower taxes and transparency in government. As your public servant I have held our city accountable ensuring your tax dollars are spent wisely.


As a husband, father and former police officer, my number one priority is keeping Atwater families safe. It gratifies me that Atwater crime has fallen 22%. It is also important that our kids have quality recreational facilities and parks to play youth sports or spend time with friends and family. I have pursued grant money to improve our local parks while not burdening taxpayers.


I am also a local small business owner, I know the struggles our small businesses face here in Atwater. That is why I have been a champion of tax incentives to bring more jobs to Atwater while expanding our tax base and improving our quality of life.


I am thankful for the support of my wife Jodie and our wonderful children. I would be humbled to have your vote.



                                                                                                                                                                                           Thank you and God Bless

                 -Brian Raymond


Re-Elect Kevin Blake for Merced City Council

Promises Made - Promises Kept

I have made efforts to work with other Councilmembers to restore staffing levels at the police department – we have increased the department by 11 positions and crime rates are trending downwards.


My re-election has earned the official endorsement of our police officers and firefighters because they share my commitment to keeping Merced safe for all.


The City of Merced now holds mid-year budget sessions to better incorporate community input and has developed an interactive, online budgeting tool so that you can learn more about how tax dollars are spent I have worked to ensure that our budget is balanced, fees are lowered to be competitive with other thriving cities, and that we make sustainable investments in our infrastructure.


As a result, median home values in Merced have gone up 66% since I joined the Council.


I also  have personally worked to support the creation of a public Arts Commission, the Ragsdale Honorary Historic Neighborhood District, and the Downtown Ad Hoc Committee – which is tasked with further revitalizing our historic main street and downtown business district.


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