Six persons are vying for the vacated seat; Ammar Campa-Najjar, Spencer Cash, Zaneta Encarnacion, Jill Galvez, John McCann, and Rudy Ramirez.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Voters in Chula Vista will probably be selecting their new mayor, this election season. Current Mayor Mary Casillas Salas will end her second time period this year, “terming out” and vacating the seat.
The main election will occur Tuesday, June seventh. In addition to voting for a brand new mayor, individuals in Chula Vista can even be voting for District 1 and District 2 councilmembers and for a city attorney.
There are six candidates vying for the mayoral seat. In alphabetical order by final identify, they’re: Ammar Campa-Najjar, Spencer Cash, Zaneta Encarnacion, Jill Galvez, John McCann, and Rudy Ramirez.
We gave every candidate 5 minutes to answer two questions, with the primary having two components:
- Chula Vista is a incredible metropolis with numerous positives, however each metropolis has one thing to be labored on. In your eyes, what is the largest challenge in Chula Vista and the way would you tackle it, as Mayor?
- You’ve spent effort and time placing collectively a marketing campaign, as you run for this seat. People in Chula Vista can do a fast on-line search and discover out most issues about you. What would you like voters to know that they will not discover in your marketing campaign web site?
At the tip of their solutions, any time left on the clock was open for the candidate to make use of as they favored.
Scroll down and meet the candidates vying to your vote in Chula Vista’s mayoral race.
Chula Vista native and businessman Ammar Campa-Najjar is vying for the mayoral seat, after two campaigns for federal office. In 2020, Campa-Najjar ran because the Democratic competitors in opposition to Republican Darrel Issa. Issa finally received the race for California’s fiftieth Congressional seat. In 2018, Campa-Najjar ran in opposition to then-incumbent Republican Duncan Hunter Jr. for a similar seat; Hunter Jr. received that race. Campa-Najjar beforehand served as a deputy regional subject director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential marketing campaign, labored within the Obama White House, the Department of Labor, and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Campa-Najjar is a graduate of Southwestern College and San Diego State University.
U.S. Army Major Spencer Cash (Ret.) is working for Mayor, after retiring from the navy in March 2021. He served for greater than 20 years, largely as medical evacuation helicopter pilot and medical operations officer. Cash’s most up-to-date active-duty task was staffing for the COVID-19 Operation Warp Speed initiative. Prior to that, he served in Tacoma, Washington, the place he labored at Joint Base Lewis McCord. Cash is a graduate of San Diego State University and has lived in Chula Vista (outdoors of navy assignments) since 2013.
Zaneta Encarnacion is at present Chief of Staff to Southwestern College’s President and is a part of the Executive Leadership Team on the college. She was born and raised in San Diego County and has lived in Chula Vista since 2004. This will probably be Encarnacion’s first time working for public office. Previously, she’s held positions because the Chula Vista Mayor & Council Constituent Services Manager, because the President of the Chula Vista Rotary Club, on the County Office of Education, and on the Growth Management Oversight Commission– in addition to different boards and organizations. Encarnacion is at present a doctoral candidate on the University of Southern California.
Jill Galvez is at present certainly one of Chula Vista’s Councilmembers, representing District 2 since 2018. Galvez has additionally served as Deputy Mayor, in 2020, and has lived in Chula Vista for 30 years. Along along with her council duties, Galvez has served on the MTS Board of Directors and the Security Committee, as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Wastewater Joint Powers Authority, and as co-chair of the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission’s Citizen Forum. Prior to politics and public service, Galvez labored within the non-public, tech sector as a supervisor and VP for corporations like AT&T. Galvez is a graduate of Michigan State University.
John McCann is at present certainly one of Chula Vista’s City Councilmembers, representing District 1. This is his fourth time period, additionally serving as Deputy Mayor, having labored underneath three mayors. McCann has additionally been on a number of native boards and committees, together with the City of Chula Vista Planning Commission, Economic Strategy Committee, Housing Advisory Commission, and Beautification Committee. McCann is at present a Lieutenant Commander within the U.S. Navy Reserve and has served on energetic responsibility in Iraq. McCann grew up in Chula Vista, graduating from San Diego State University.
Businessman and former Chula Vista Councilmember Rudy Ramirez is a life-long Chula Vista resident, attending Castle Park Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Ramirez served on the council from 2006-2015. Before that seat, he served on the Board of Ethics, the General Plan Update Steering Committee, and the Bayfront Citizen’s Advisory Committee, amongst different boards. Ramirez has additionally owned a steel fabrication business for almost 30 years.