Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo,” below left, shows that the fall 1978 election campaign got an early start in Tracy on June 30, when Norm Shumway, Republican candidate for the 14th Congressional District (right), and Roy Brock, Republican national chairman (center), came to town to plug for Shumway’s election. Here they chat with Tracy Realtor Bob Harris on a downtown sidewalk.
Shumway, a San Joaquin supervisor, bested six other primary candidates to become the GOP nominee opposing 11-term Rep. John McFall, D-Manteca. In the general election, Shumway defeated McFall, ending McFall’s 22-year career in Congress.
McFall, until then an easy winner, became vulnerable when the congressional district was reshaped to include more Republican voters in the Sierra foothills and when McFall was censured by the House Ethics Committee for accepting a campaign contribution from Korean businessman Tongsun Park and placing the money in his house account instead of the campaign fund.
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