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Perry vows to stop Mantecas big spending
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Carlon Perry is making a bid to take back Manteca’s mayoral post.

Perry is the fourth candidate to start circulating nomination papers to qualify for the Nov. 2 ballot in the Manteca mayor’s race. The others are incumbent Willie Weatherford, retired senior municipal planner Ben Cantu and councilmember Debby Moorhead.

Perry opened his campaign by making a promise to “stop the big spending and special interest tax money giveaway and listen to the overtaxed resident”.

“Mantecans need a strong pro-taxpayer mayor that will stop the runaway big spending,” Perry noted in a prepared statement. “City bureaucrats’ salaries are out of line and the present mayor and council are out of touch.  When elected, I pledge to work immediately for a balanced budget, carefully spending tax dollars as I do my own, always within a balanced checkbook, without using the city’s rainy day fund and only spend your tax dollars in a prudent manner because I recognize tax dollars are the residents’ (and) not (the) city’s.”

Perry’s “rainy day fund”  is in reference to the fact Manteca has used undistributed reserves to balance the general fund during the past several fiscal year  when annual spending exceeded annual revenue. Dipping into the reserves occurred after the city covered most of the $11.8 million deficit last fiscal year with spending cuts including employee salary concessions eliminating municipal positions. Cuts also only got the city so far in dealing with the working deficit of $3.8 million this fiscal year requiring the council to tap into reserves again to balance the current year’s general fund.

A deficit is anticipated for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2011.

Perry and his wife of 40 years, Kathleen, have three grown children; Casey, Jamie Kesler, husband Anthony, Geoff, wife Janelle, and four grandchildren, Shelby-Lyn Kesler, Jessie-Lyn Kesler, Geoffrey Perry II, and Taylor Perry.

Besides being a former mayor, Perry has also served on the City Council, the Planning Commission, and in leadership capacities in several civic organizations including the American Legion Post 249. Perry is a lifelong resident of the Manteca/Lathrop area with a background in business and newspaper publishing.

There are also four people so far circulating nomination petitions for two council seats. They are incumbents Vince Hernandez and John Harris along with challengers Richard Behling and Samuel Anderson.

Nomination papers must be filed with the required signatures of registered voters who reside within Manteca’s city limits by Aug. 6.