MERCED — Steve Gomes will seek a second four-year term as Merced County superintendent of schools.
Gomes, 62, announced his re-election bid Wednesday morning in front of the Old Merced County Courthouse, introduced by Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.
"Merced County still is a place where a person can achieve the American dream," Gomes said. "I am running for a second term to provide leadership that makes a difference.
"There is a lot of work to be done," he said. "I hope you can see me as a leader making a difference."
A former high school teacher and Planada school superintendent, Gomes said he wants to continue to work with legislators and congressmen to make sure the county's students receive maximum benefits.
Barbara Levey, county registrar of voters, said the filing period for the county superintendent's race opens Feb. 10, 2014, and closes March 7; the election will be held in June.
Costa said Gomes is committed to improving opportunities for education in the county and is looked upon as a leader throughout California.
"I am amazed by his tenacious focus and hard work," Costa said. "Steve Gomes has committed himself with his heart and soul to do everything he possibly can to improve the quality of education."
Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.