No matter what you think of Carlon Perry, Willie Weatherford, Debby Moorhead, Ben Cantu and all of the other candidates for local offices in today's elections in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop you have got to admire them.
Halloween is fairly anti-climactic for weird costumes given the tendency of some parents these days to let their pre-teen kids dye their hair bizarre colors, wear dog collars and even allow 10-year-old boys to have a pierced ear or two.
Should Debby Moorhead get elected mayor of Manteca on Tuesday it will mean the fourth time since 1998 that the council will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement for Moorhead or else call for a special election.
Manteca's elected leaders are about to spend the last $2.3 million they're likely to have for a long, long time- if not for ever - to help leverage affordable housing for the very low income and the low income.
Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district - from students' accomplishments and teachers' innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.