Republican John McCann led Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar 53.9% to 46.1% Tuesday in a bruising marketing campaign to succeed termed-out Mayor Mary Casillas Salas in Chula Vista.
McCann raised doubts about Campa-Najjar’s residency (which he has rejected) and a Democrat accused McCann of violating marketing campaign finance reporting guidelines (which the FPPC didn’t pursue).
The race is formally nonpartisan, however each events put assets into the campaigns.
McCann is a metropolis councilman for Chula Vista and deputy mayor, in addition to serving within the Navy Reserves, the place he was on energetic responsibility in Iraq for a yr. He has been endorsed by the town’s Police Officers Affiliation. His has mentioned his focus is on growing public security within the metropolis and making it a pretty setting for enterprise.
“Chula Vista is my hometown. On this difficult financial system, we’d like leaders who will put public security, jobs, financial improvement and reform on the prime of the town’s agenda,” he mentioned. “Defending taxpayers, prioritizing public security, and concentrating on neighborhood high quality of life points are key to service on the council, and I’m trying ahead to the chance to proceed working for a fair stronger Chula Vista.”
Different McCann priorities together with eradicating tolls on state Route 125, selling the Bayfront improvement, bringing a four-year college to the town and defending kids from violent intercourse offenders.
Campa-Najjar served in numerous roles inside President Barack Obama’s administration, together with a public relations place within the Employment & Coaching Administration. He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in East County, as soon as in 2018 towards Rep. Duncan Hunter and once more in 2020 towards present Rep. Darrell Issa.
He has been endorsed by Chula Vista Firefighters and several other native unions. His priorities embody the Bayfront improvement in west Chula Vista and bringing a four-year college to east Chula Vista.
“A brand new day is dawning in Chula Vista. As a third-generation Chula Vistan, Obama Administration official and small enterprise proprietor, I’m providing new management for a metropolis on the verge of latest potentialities as we hopefully transition right into a post-pandemic financial system,” he mentioned.
“We received’t get there by recycling the identical profession politicians, who for many years have didn’t ship long-overdue initiatives. We will’t wait 20 extra years for these alternatives, we’d like a brand new mayor who has the vitality to work arduous, convey individuals collectively to settle variations, and ship outcomes to fulfill this second with a renewed imaginative and prescient for Chula Vista — from Broadway to Third Avenue, Otay Ranch to Millenia, east to west of the 805,” Campa-Najjar mentioned.
He listed further priorities together with hiring 40 law enforcement officials, constructing workforce housing for public staff, tackling pandemic-driven studying loss in faculties and addressing the town’s homelessness disaster.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.