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DeBrum, Moorhead win
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Manteca councilman Steve DeBrum checks election returns on his iPad with his wife Veronica looking over his shoulder and daughter Stephanie Smith on his left. Other supporters from left are Dr. Ricardo Cuevas, Steve Schluer and Bill Filios. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Voters awarded four-year terms to Manteca City Council incumbents Steve DeBrum and Debby Moorhead on Tuesday.

Just 22 votes separated DeBrum and Moorhead. DeBrum had 6,742 votes or 28.37 percent compared to 6,720 for Moorhead or 28.28 percent. Challenger Ben Cantu was at 5,792 votes or 24.37 percent while newcomer Sheila Raya was at 4,444 votes or 18.7 percent. There are still a number of mail-in ballots yet to be counted but the numbers aren’t significant enough to impact the outcome.

Moorhead said Tuesday’s votes showed that “our community is happy with the way things are going” and that the “council is doing a great job.”

DeBrum echoed those sentiments noting the vote was a message that the council was taking Manteca on the right course. DeBrum stressed that he was grateful for the support and those who worked on his behalf.

Cantu vowed to make another run at the council in 2014. He said the election results told him that “I didn’t do a good enough job of educating people” about the problems and needs of the city.