John Cates Announces Run For Los Banos City Council

Long time Los Banos resident John Cates announced today that he is seeking election to the City Council in the open District 3 seat. Incumbent Scott Silveira vacated the seat to run for the Merced County Board of Supervisors in the June Primary Election.

“I have devoted time and energy to many local civic projects during my 29 years of living here in Los Banos,” Cates said. “I view the City Council as a continuation of that community service. This is my chosen home, and I am glad I made that choice as the place to live and raise my family.”

Cates, who has worked at Hewlett Packard for 38 years, also owns and operates a small local business.

“My vision for the future of Los Banos centers on two things,” he said. “One is sensible, long term strategic planning that will maintain our excellent qualify of life here. That is why I chose eight years ago to serve on the city Planning Commission. The other part of my vision is solid economic development. A key component of that will be to encourage Silicon Valley firms to expand and relocate here. With my connections and history of working on the other side of the hill, I am uniquely positioned to successfully pursue that economic development goal.”

Cates has served on the Los Banos Planning Commission since 2014, currently serving as Chairman. He is a board member of the Los Banos Arts Council, and a member of the Measure V Citizens’ Oversight Committee.


Family and Personal

  • Wife Karen has been a teacher in Los Banos Unified School District for 30 years

  • Two adult daughters – Chelsea and Kaylie – graduates of Los Banos High School

  • Lived in Los Banos since 1989

Community Organizations and Offices Held

  • Member Los Banos Chamber of Commerce since 2003

  • Los Banos Rotary member

  • Los Banos Planning Commission since 2014 – currently Chairman

  • Los Banos Arts Council board member

  • Merced County Measure V Citizens Oversight Committee


  • BS degree from University of San Francisco

Community Volunteer Work

  • Two years as president of Los Banos Wildcats youth football team

  • Los Banos Police volunteer

  • Volunteer with local VFW/American Legion

  • Volunteer as announcer and DJ for numerous other local groups

Employment and Business

  • Has worked at Hewlett Packard for 38 years

  • Owns and operates a small local business, JC’s Starstruck Entertainment, for 15 years


We are witnessing lots of change in our community, and that change will continue. We are growing, like all Valley communities. We must elect leaders who have the resolve and vision to make those changes work to our benefit. John Cates will be looking far into the future during the imminent process of updating our General Plan. He will utilize his experience and connections in Silicon Valley to encourage firms there to relocate or expand to Los Banos so that our kids and grandkids can find high paying jobs right here at home. During the coming changes, Mr. Cates’ planning expertise will be critical to the task of preserving our quality of life, and the unique culture that we enjoy as citizens of Los Banos. After many years of working as a community volunteer, John Cates knows our city and its problems. He is uniquely prepared for the job of City Council member. Together, we can build a better future. Let’s begin by electing John Cates to the Los Banos City Council!

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