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DeBrum seeking another term on Manteca council in Nov. 6 election
Lathrop Mayor Chaka Santos, left, shares a laugh with Manteca City Councilman Steve DeBrum during DeBrums campaign kick-off gathering on Wednesday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Manteca councilman Steve DeBrum wants to serve another four years.

The 10-year council veteran on Wednesday officially announced his candidacy for one of two seats in the Nov. 6 election during a gathering at Chez Shari.

DeBrum stressed that he has been an outspoken advocate for increased public safety funding for the Manteca police and firefighters.  He listed his priorities and accomplishments as creating a structurally balanced city budget, establishing a “rainy day” budgetary contingency fund, increasing government transparency and bringing family wage jobs to the community.

DeBrum, 65, was born in Hanford and graduated from Hanford High in 1965.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo in 1970. DeBrum went to work for Foremost Foods Company in their laboratory and later in the Field Department. In 1979, he was hired as the Dairy Manager for Knudsen Agricultural Management Company.

In 1984, DeBrum began working from his home base in Manteca as the Area Field Representative for a number of dairy farmers, an agricultural marketing cooperative now known as the Dairy Farmers of America. He now serves as DFA’s Northern California manager which covers the Northern California and Northern Nevada area.

He is currently serving his third Council term sitting on the City’s Criminal Justice Task Force, the Manteca Unified School District 2 x 2 Common Goals Committee, as a member of the San Joaquin Council of Governments, the Valley Regional Policy Advisory Committee, the Second Harvest Food Bank Board and as a member of the League of Cities Transportation, Communication and Public Works Committee

The councilman is active in a number of professional clubs and associations. He is currently a member of the California Dairy Industry Association and is a past member of the California Auctioneers Association. He is the past president of the Manteca Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and is also a past president of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and board member for the Manteca Boys and Girls Club.

He is a member of the Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis, where he has served as Lt. Governor for the California, Nevada, and Hawaii region. He has served as a past state officer for the Future Farmers of America. As an active member of Manteca’s St. Anthony’s Parish, DeBrum has served in the role of Grand Knight with the St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus.

DeBrum and his wife Veronica have been married for 43 years. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.

DeBrum has the endorsement of Sheriff Steve Moore, all five San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill among others.