Five-time Modesto City Council candidate Dave Lopez has a lead for the first time in his eight-year quest to win elected office.
“I’ve never been in the lead before, so we feel pretty strong,” he said Tuesday evening.
Lopez’s five-percentage-point edge over attorney Robert Farrace doesn’t guarantee him a seat, though.
They’re on course to face off again in a Dec. 11 runoff because neither appears set to gain more than 50 percent of the vote.
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Farrace raised more than $20,000 for the race so far, while Lopez chose not to seek contributions.
Lopez said that would change Wednesday. He plans to begin fund-raising for the race’s second round.
Both candidates are at home for the night, though Farrace is throwing a party.
“It’s been so far a pretty enjoyable evening, and it’s nice to know I’ll at least be in the runoff,” Farrace said.
Lopez and Farrace are running for a seat being vacated by Councilman Bob Dunbar. First-time candidates Brent Maynor and Robert Stanford are competing for the same seats, though neither has more than 15 percent of the vote.