Morelos announces mayoral bid
by Michael Langley
Feb 06, 2014 | 4505 views | 3 3 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ray Morelos, a Southside resident and former Tracy city councilman, announces his run for the mayor’s seat during a press conference Wednesday at the corner of Mount Diablo Avenue and West Street.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Ray Morelos, a Southside resident and former Tracy city councilman, announces his run for the mayor’s seat during a press conference Wednesday at the corner of Mount Diablo Avenue and West Street. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Former City Councilman Raymond Morelos announced his intention Wednesday to run for mayor of Tracy.

Morelos called a news conference at 2 p.m. on Mount Diablo Avenue at the intersection with West Street in Southside Tracy. He said he was concerned that the growth of the community was leaving some neighborhoods behind.

“Why am I here in this area? This is a good example of what we face in regards to growth,” Morelos said. “Over the years, there have been Capital Improvement Projects that have gone out. None have come out here to this area.”

The Tracy native said similar situations exist the neighborhoods in downtown and Cabrillo Park, in addition to Southside.

“There some things that are going really good for Tracy right now. The annexing of Cordes Ranch. Gateway. Bringing in Amazon. Those are very good things that are bringing in jobs to the city of Tracy and sets up Tracy to become the extension of the Silicon Valley,” he said.

“I wanted to be involved in making sure the city of Tracy goes in the right direction.”

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel announced his campaign for mayor July 22, and Morelos identified one difference between him and Maciel.

“I feel I’m more approachable,” he said. “I know a lot of people here. They know me.”

According to city clerk Sandra Edwards, candidates must file official papers to run between July 14 and Aug. 8. The election to select a new mayor is Nov. 4.

• Contact Michael Ellis Langley at mlangley@tracypress.com or 830-4231.

 
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tracy_fly_boy
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February 08, 2014
Good luck Ray! Hope you do more for the South Siders than you did last time...afterall, the streets in south side could have been fixed 20 years ago when the city had development money and you were on council. Good old Ray, a lot of talk and no action.
Tracy'sfinest
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February 08, 2014
Ray is way better of a mam to pay any mind to you "Tracy fly boy".

As a Tracy native. Third generation South Sider, im backing him 100%.

Quit bickering about 20years ago
jersey25
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February 08, 2014
I'm Glad to see that you are running for Mayor of Tracy we need someone that cares about this town and how it is ran. and the first thing you need to do if the current council keeps leon on as city manager is fire him period!!!!


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