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DeBrum gets record $5,000 campaign donation
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The biggest single donation in Manteca’s history was made this month by the Punjabi-American Association of Manteca to the re-election campaign of Mayor Steve DeBrum.

The $5,000 donation tops the previous record of $4,000 the same group gave to Debby Moorhead in her unsuccessful run for mayor in 2010 against then incumbent Willie Weatherford.

Under new reporting laws that require donations of $1,000 or more to be filed within 24 hours following the end of the first campaign reporting period on June 30, DeBrum also received $2,000 from Manteca Trailer and Motorhome as well as $1,000 apiece from the Real Estate Store/Dominica Focaracci and Port Freight. That brings DeBrum’s campaign donations so far to $24,249.

His challenger Ben Cantu has reported an additional donation of $1,200 from Pedro Oropeza. Cantu has not raised contributions — monetary and in kind — of at least $13.275.

Councilman Mike Morowit picked up another $3,000 — $2,000 from the Punjabi-American Association of Manteca and $1,000 from Shining Star Transportation.  Morowit’s running total is now over $12,700.

Jose Nuno also received $2,000 from the Punjabi-American Association of Manteca.  He has surpassed $24,000 in donations.

Neither David Breitenbucher nor Chris Silva received donations of $1,000 ormore that would require a report to be made within 24 hours.


Cantu holding Town Hall

on Facebook this Friday

Manteca mayoral candidate Ben Cantu is holding a Facebook Town Hall on Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.

At that time, Cantu will be broadcasting a live video on his Facebook page, where viewers can tune in and ask him questions in real-time during the broadcast. The video can be accessed at at 6 pm. Friday.

Cantu will be taking questions on a variety of issues, including Downtown, public safety, homelessness, and road maintenance. He promises to answer every question posed by members of the public.  Interested residents can tune in and leave their comments during the video, or send their questions ahead of time to


Fundraising dinner for

Bon Elliott state senate

campaign Sept. 14

Todd and Annette Roddan are hosting a dinner event for San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott who is running for the California State Senate.

The dinner will take place Friday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Buds Nursery, 23563 South Manteca Road, Manteca.

The dinner buffet is $125 per person. The event is business casual attire.

Those attending need to RSVP by Sept. 14 to (209) 834-5128.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email