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Council hopeful: Pledge an hour to do something great for those who serve
David Martin Sr.

David Terrell Martin Sr. — one of four hopefuls in the Nov. 3 council election — is using social media to kick off his campaign due to pandemic restrictions that are changing traditional efforts to reach voters.

“One of the reasons I’m running for City Council is to be a voice for all the common goals and objectives that we the people of Manteca all have in common, together as the family we really are, “Today, as I launch my campaign for Manteca City Council, I am calling on all Mantecans to pledge one hour of your time to do something positive for the people in our community that serve us by taking the #PLEDGEFORHUMANITYMANTECA! It’s fun, simple, and a great way to bond with friends, family and do something kind for humanity this giving season.”

Take the #PLEDGEFORHUMANITYMANTECA from Labor Day, Sept. 7, to Dec. 25, and pledge one hour of your time to do something great for a military veteran or active duty, police officer, firefighter, teacher, nurse, an EMT, or anyone who makes a difference in your life.

Take pictures or videos and share your pledge on your social platform (of choice) using the hashtag: #PLEDGEFORHUMANITYMANTECA, and encourage your friends, family, and social network to join you in taking the #PLEDGEFORHUMANITYMANTECA.

“It’s time for us to rise above this partisan politics of divisive rhetoric that pits people against each other,” Marin said. “We are better than this. I believe we need Council members who will focus on the family unit, personal responsibility, youth and community. 

“I will be an advocate for more funding and wide-spread availability of programs like the Manteca Junior Police Academy that was founded 12 years ago by former Police Chief David Bricker and admirably carried on by former Police Chief Nick Obligacion. I am running to be a voice for God, honor, and family values. We support Manteca law enforcement in doing the great job they have always done; maintaining your safety and the safety of your families. We all support First Responders, Teachers, Doctors, Nurses, our Military and who serve honorably each and every day in our community”

Martin’s other priorities on the Council include an aggressive Homeless plan working alongside community resource officers like Mike Kelly, public safety, term limits, as well as fiscal accountability and transparency at city hall.

The Manteca For Martin Campaign will host two Facebook Live Q&A events with the community on Sep. 7 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Residents can tune in to at that time to ask Martin questions and share their concerns about the city. Residents can submit questions for Martin ahead of time to

“We need comprehensive solutions to the COVID-19 crisis, homelessness, unemployment, and affordable housing for the people of Manteca,” Martin said. “As their council member, I will always put doing the right thing for all Mantecans first. Make my Facebook Live event on September 7th one of your pledges for the year by spending time with a veteran whose running for City Council.”

Martin is an Executive Board Member for the Dome of Hope, a non-profit organization providing education, financial literacy, and community resources. He’s United States Army veteran, a Youth Coach, and a former Co-Chair of a non-profit organization educating people with disabilities. Martin has been in Education Management, Training, Staffing and Professional Development the past 15 years.

A Florida native Martin graduated from University of Phoenix in Pleasanton with a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Law and then graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master’s degree in Business Management.

Martin lives in Manteca with his wife Suzette, a former Outreach and Development Manager with the March of Dimes for 10 years. They have 3 daughters, 2 sons and 1 grandchild.

For more information about Martin’s campaign, visit his website at, the campaign Facebook page at, website: or send an email to