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Cunha vows to make police top priority on council
Fred Cunha

Fred Cunha — one of four hopefuls so far 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.

“I’m running for City Council because I believe we need Council members who will support and protect our local law enforcement,” Cunha noted in a press release. “The movement to defund police will make our neighborhoods less safe and increase crime in our city. I am running to be a voice for the safety of you and your family.”

In addition to protecting public safety, Cunha’s other priorities as a council member include attracting high-paying jobs to Manteca, reducing the cost of living for local residents, and finding  innovative solutions to increase local healthcare infrastructure.  

The campaign will officially kick off with a Facebook Live Q&A with the community on Cunha campaign page on Facebook. The Facebook Live will be held on Thursday, Aug.13 at 6 p.m. Residents can tune in to at that time to ask Cunha questions and share their concerns about the city. Residents can also submit questions for Fred ahead of time to

 “Above all, I will be a voice for the people of Manteca,” Cunha said. “As their council member, I will always put their interests first.”

Cunha is a practicing Registered Nurse who has worked on the front lines of healthcare. He has worked for local hospitals as an Emergency Room RN, and maintains current RN and Public Health Nurse Credentials. For nearly 30 years, Cunha worked in the information systems industry, including as a Certified Project Manager with IBM. In 2008, Fred retired and returned to school to pursue a career as an RN.

A California native Cunha graduated from Sierra College in Rocklin with an Associates of Science in Biological Science and then graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He was also awarded a Masters Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University. 

Cunha lives in Manteca with his wife Christine, an elementary school teacher in Manteca Unified School District. They have three sons and four grandchildren. 

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