This year’s municipal election is turning into the second most expensive ever conducted in Manteca.
The $59,733 collected as of Oct. 15 by six of the eight candidates on Tuesday’s ballot lags way behind the all-time record of $101,256 spent on the 2002 election. That was the year that Vince Hernandez first got elected to the council and Willie Weatherford defeated Carlon Perry in their second match-up for mayor.
Hernandez and Weatherford accounted for over half of the 2002 record amount spending $59,807 between them. Hernandez’s 2002 campaign set the all-time record for an individual candidate with $35,360 raised.
Weatherford - who is in a four-way race for mayor against Perry, council member Debby Moorhead, and retired senior planner Ben Cantu - has raised $24,447 as of Oct. 15 to eclipse Steve DeBrum’s $24,058 campaign in 2003 as the second most expensive campaign ever.
The latest filing period for campaign contributions covers Oct. 1 through Oct. 15.
Hernandez had the biggest bump over the 15-day period raising $3,623.56 in numerous small contributions typically $10 each with none over the mandatory reporting level of $99. That brought his campaign total this year to $5,281.
Hernandez also has the most cash on hand in the final phase of the campaign with $2,169.59 to spend.
John Harris, the other incumbent in the four-man race for two council seats that includes challengers Richard Behling and Samuel Anderson who are not raising money to campaign - raised $1,394 mostly in small donations during the 15-day period to bring his overall campaign collection to $7,989.
Harris did receive large contributions of $200 from L.G. Anderson Foundation and $100 each from Miriam Cabral and James Thomas.
Weatherford took in an additional $709 to push his total to $24,447.72 the latest contributions were from Francebe Escobar $200, Kathryn Weed $200, Carl Neaterous $100, The Building Industry Association Political Action Committee of the Delta $99, James Spears $50, Robert Alaniz $50, and Harold Rundberg $10,
Moorhead picked up $500 from John Coburn and $250 from the Brocchini Family Partnership to add $750 to push her campaign total to $10,249.
Ben Cantu added $149 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 to bring his overall total to $6,383.29 Perry collected $287 to push his campaign total to $5,389.
A recap of previous donations prior to Sept. 30 is as follows:
Among the contributions Weatherford has received as of Sept. 30 include Albert Boyce $250, AKF Development $250, Bill Filios $250, Michael Orr $100, Dale Johnson $50, Sherilyn Weatherford $250, Donald Busser $250, Ted Poulos $99, Antoinette Poulos $99, Charan Nojar $200, Amar Singh $100, Avtar Randhawa $250, Gurtej Brar $100, Chatlarpel Pabla $100, Harpreet Singh $300, Kashmira Singh $50, Arin Singh $100, Jar-nail Singh (Two Guys Food/Fuel) $300, Jar-nail Singh (Lathrop Gas and Food) $300, Jar-nail Singh (One Stop Market) $200, Agil Singh $200, Aneel Kamal $60, Anit Singh $300, Rajin Singh $200, Sucha Sihota $100, MNB Express trucking $1,500, Classic Truck Line $100, Committee to Elect Mick Founts Superintendent $250, Toinette Rossi $250, George Gibson $250, Julie Barc $500, Craig Barton $250, Steve Bestolarides $250, George Perry Sr. $250, L.F. Tallerico $250, Luis Arismendi $250, Bob Brocchini-Bob Brocchini Farms $500, Thomas Terpstra $250, Tuff Boy Leasing$500, Domic DePalma $250, Bill Cabral $500, Rose Pedals $500, Manteca Trailer Camper $500, Frank Fiore-Center Plumbing $250, Union Ranch Partners $250, Jeff Shields $250, Marv Brocchini $250, Ag Enterprises $250, Jon Anderson $250, Victor Mow $100, Amarjit Dhaliwal $250, Arthur Nunes Jr. $250 John Coburn $250, Ronald L. Cheek Corp. $500, Steve Essotan $250, James McKinley $25, Sandra Vochatzer $25, Diane McGuire $25, Marion Elliott $50, Daryll Quaresma $200, Rose Nunes $25, Ruth Moore $25 Robert Winter $50, Richard Silverman $50, Ken Hafer $99, Rick Aiella $50, Thomas Clarke $25, John Aretakis $50, David Bricker $50, Fredrick Wentworth $200, Edward Cardoza $250, Harold Hodges $100, Joan Barbera $50, and Mark Oliver $250.
Non-monetary include $475 from AKF Development to co-host a fundraising lunch, $505 co-hosted lunch fundraiser from Raymus Homes, retired councilman Jack Snyder gave $250 to pay for Pumpkin Fair booth, and retiree Linda LaRock donated $1,263.77 for a hosted reception as well as $80 for precinct lists and maps, and $38 for a cake for the reception.
Among Moorhead’s donations as of Sept. 30 are Punjabi American Association $4,000, Cardoza Enterprises $100, David Coates $450, Building Industry Political Action Committee of the Delta $99, Diane Bowers $100, Lynn Hawkins $100, Arlene Utall $250, Marvin Mears $100, Daryll Quaresma $1,000, Jimmy McGraw $100.
Moorhead also made a $3,600 donation to her campaign and has paid $2,500 of it back to herself leaving a balance of $1,100.
Hernandez said the funds donated represented the number of chicken dinner tickets each donor bought at $10 apiece.
Hernandez at the state of the race had vowed not to take more than $10 from anyone. Hernandez said in the case of the chicken dinner tickets the donors received chicken dinner tickets all in value to what they donated. He added the donors then distributed tickets to others for free.