Steve DeBrum cruised to victory Tuesday to become Manteca’s next mayor.
DeBrum garnered 62.08 percent (5,494 votes) of the ballots counted to 37.40 percent (3,310 votes) for Cantu. The unofficial count in all races includes absentee ballots returned by mail and precinct voting. It does not include provisional ballots that are primarily absentee ballots turned in at polling places on Election Day.
Voters opted to elect two newcomers to fill two council seats — Mike Morowit and Richard Silverman. Three-term incumbent Vince Hernandez finished third in the three-man race. Morowit collected 37.71 percent (4,783 votes), Silverman 33.41 percent (4,288 votes), and Hernandez 28.52 percent (3,617 votes).
“People really expect transparency, truth, and for us to deliver on campaign promises,” DeBrum said Tuesday night.
He said that includes working toward hiring more police and firefighters, going after head of household jobs and generally staying the course the city has been on in recent years.
DeBrum, the seventh directly elected Manteca mayor in 30 years, added that “I am only one person. It is going to take all five members (of the council) working together.”
Cantu noted Tuesday that with the loss “I intend to start campaigning tomorrow for the next council election (in 2016).”
Morowit is currently a member of the Manteca Planning Commission.
“I’m looking forward to getting started in December,” Morowit said referencing his first meeting as a council member. “I couldn’t ask for a better race. Both Richard and Vince were gentlemen.”
“Wow!” was Silverman’s first reaction upon learning that he had been elected.
“I’m thankful for the faith voters put in me,” Silverman said. “I’m humbled.”
Hernandez said he had no qualms accepting the results.
“The voters made it clear they wanted to go in a different direction,” Hernandez said. “I think it was a fair race. I expect great things from Mike and Rich.”