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Ford brings experience, commitment to Dist. 4 race

By Jonathan Whitaker
September 3, 2015

A highly competitive field is shaping up for the District 4 Merced County Supervisor seat that's open for the 2016 election — some 10 months before the June primary.
Meanwhile, one candidate from Gustine can easily say he has the most experience in government leadership, while still remaining a small-town business owner, cattleman, and local ag advocate.
Rich Ford has already served on the Gustine City Council for 24 years, including eight as mayor. He continues to operate a local farm supply store while representing District 4 as a member of the Merced County Planning Commission.
"I have been actively involved with city budgets, general plans, zoning codes and economic development," Ford said in an interview with the Times. "And my whole life has been in agriculture. So I understand the ag side of it, and I understand the government side of it. I think that's been my advantage over the years."

New collaborative workspace opens for business on Main Street

By Jonathan Whitaker
September 3, 2015

The doors to a pioneering local business — Vault Works — are fully open at 1666 N St., near the corner with Main Street, in downtown Merced.
Located in a former bank building, the venture aims to create many more local business startups through a collaborative work space where entrepreneurs and professionals can meet, exchange ideas, and share office resources and conference rooms.


By John Derby
September 3, 2015

Many people who are regular readers of this column realize it is written by a person who normally spends half his time on land and half his time on a boat; and since retirement that has been the way it is.    MORE>

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