Steve DeBrum is just $3,091 short of eclipsing the all-time record of money raised by a Manteca City Council candidate in a single election year.
DeBrum raised $6,625 in the first 20 days of October to bring his running campaign donation total as of Oct. 20 to $32,269.04. That is eclipsed only by Vince Hernandez who spent $35,360 as a first-time candidate to successfully land a seat in the hotly contest 2002 election. That race is still the record holder for the most expensive council campaign on record with more than $101,000 spent by all of the candidates.
Ben Cantu was the only other candidate raising money between Oct. 1 and Oct. 20 as he collected $720 to bring his campaign total so far to $5,294.93.
Debby Moorhead has raised $4,100. Sheila Raya has vowed not to raise enough money to trigger the state-mandated campaign disclosure statement filing requirement.
DeBrum’s latest contributions of $100 or more included Arthur and Jennifer Nunes, $1,000; Brocchini Family Partnership, $1,000; Crepal, $1,000; Relm, $1,000; TX3 Enterprises, $500; Van Ryn Brothers, $250; and Mel Gadbut, $200.
Cantu received $150 apiece from Elvira Cantu and Michael Brown. He also accepted $100 each from JC Automotive, Carl Grissom, and peter Johnson.
Cantu gave himself a $175 loan through his business BC Planning. That brings his overall loan essentially to himself to $4,624.93. Under California law he can continue to raise money to pay back the loan after the election is over or else the lender - in this case his business - can forget the loan.
Monetary donations of $100 or more must be reported by candidates.
Voters will elect two council members on Nov. 6. Moorhead and DeBrum are the incumbents.