The California Restaurant Association (CRA) Political Action Committee (PAC) will host a fundraiser for Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) at 5:30 p.m. July 8 at Galleto’s in Modesto. Suggested contribution for this event is $100, and sponsorship opportunities are available. To RSVP, contact John Goddard at 916.431.2741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gray’s leadership and willingness to examine the complex needs of the California restaurant industry have made him a strong champion in the legislature’s unofficial Moderate Democratic Caucus. His pragmatic approach to policy has been immensely thoughtful and helpful to the goals and achievements of the CRA’s government affairs efforts.
The CRA applauds Gray’s continued consideration of the needs of the industry and working toward sound policy that is both beneficial and non-harming to restaurants. Gray’s influence in mitigating the harmful effects of AB10 (Alejo) and help in defeating AB880 (Gomez) have shown that he is capable and willing to hear the concerns of restaurant operators and take action to protect one of California’s largest employers.
Gray’s strong roots in the agricultural community started with his grandparents. His grandfather, Ernest Denault, established a local business, Merced Dairy Supply, serving the valley’s growing dairy industry. The business continued to thrive under his father, Robert Gray. Adam Gray’s first job at the dairy supply store was washing storage barrels and loading feed bags, an experience that helped him learn about the local economy from the ground up.
Inspired to serve his community, he returned home to work with then Assemblyman, now former Congressman, Dennis Cardoza, working to promote the valley’s agricultural heritage and protect its economy. At the time, farmers were plagued with soaring energy prices, rolling blackouts, low rainfall and low-cost imports flooding the market. Adam helped exempt fuel and farm equipment from the state sales tax, otherwise known as the “Tractor Tax,” which encouraged farmers to upgrade their equipment and save jobs.
In his first year in the Assembly, Gray authored legislation to curb metal theft affecting farmers in the valley, streamlined the ability for our law enforcement agencies to attain arrest warrants and go after criminals, championed changes to the public education school funding so more money went to rural districts and fought for jobs. As the Modesto Bee said, “Gray campaigned as a moderate who would promote economic vitality for the Valley, watch out for agriculture and yet not ignore the environment. His role in SB 4 is a good example of achieving that balance.”
Gray lives in Merced with his wife Cadee and their son.
For more information, contact John Goddard, Political Affairs Fundraiser, at email@example.com or 916.431.2741.