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Manteca City Council hopefuls younger & more business-like
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The youth movement has arrived.
Three of the four declared candidates for two seats on the Manteca City Council election on Nov. 8 are under 40 years of age.
Jeff Zellner and Gary Singh are in their mid-30s while David Cushman is in his 20s. The fourth candidate is incumbent Debby Moorhead.
That means there will be someone under 50 — if no one else files that is older — serving on the City Council after December rolls around.
Age isn’t the only potential major shift. Over the past 20 years the council has been dominated by retirees and those who have labored in the public sector. Business owners were non-existent from 1992 until former planning commisioner Mike Morowit was elected in 2014.
Singh and Zellner are from the business community. And should one get elected, two of the council members in 2017 will have served on the planning commission. And if both are elected, the majority of the council will have served on the planning commission.
Cushman learned growing up the trials and tribulations of the small business world that provides nearly 70 percent of all jobs in this country. He worked with his parents at their restaurant, Pietro’s that is now Angelano’s Restaurant. The government red tape they encountered is what he said partially piqued his interest in the Manteca TEA Party, a group that he now serves as president.
Singh and Zellner were also the only two candidates that manned booths at this month’s Crossroads Street Fair.

Holtsman may
run for Area 3
MUSD seat
Speaking of elections, Howard Holtsman is mulling over a run for the Area 3 seat on the Manteca Unified School District Board in the Nov. 8 election.
The retired Lindbergh Educational Center principal is being honored later this month by the Association of California School Administrators for his volunteer work on behalf of the organization.
He currently serves on three committees for ACSA.
His community volunteer work over the years has included serving on the Manteca Boys & Girls Club board, working with the Modesto Graffiti Parade/Rides for Moms, serving as an ambassador for the Manteca Chamber of Commerce, a commissioner for the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau, Manteca Area Crimestoppers board and service as a past board member and president of the Manteca Noon Rotary Club.
Michael Seeyle is the Area 3 incumbent. Area 3 covers all of Manteca Unified east of Highway 99; the area in the triangle bounded by North Main Street, Louise Avenue, and Highway 99; the triangle bounded by Cottage Avenue, Yosemite Avenue and Highway 99; and the area south of the 120 Bypass and east of South Main Street.