Chula Vista mayoral race: Candidates make last push

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — In the final hours before California’s June 7 primary election, Chula Vista mayoral candidates are putting last-minute pressure on voters.

Two of the six candidates in the running will go to the polls in November, the winner will then replace Mary Casillas Salas, who served two terms.

Chula Vista City Council member Jill Galvez is one of those candidates. Galvez says his main story is public safety.

“So the number one issue that everyone wants is safe neighborhoods. Safe neighborhoods mean everything from properly staffing public safety – to making sure we have our full contingent of 281 police officers,” Galvez said.

The Chula Vista City Council member is running against five other candidates, including Chula Vista native and businessman Ammar Campa-Najjar, retired U.S. Army Maj. Spencer Cash, the president’s chief of staff of Southwestern College Zaneta Encarnacion, Chula Vista City Councilman Jim McCann, and Chula Vista business owner Rudy Ramirez.

“I want more police officers hired in the city, I want to make sure we pay our firefighters adequately, and make sure we work with developers to provide affordable homeownership opportunities,” said Campa-Najjar.

The businessman said he wanted to make sure the city got its share of state and federal dollars.

“There’s $1.2 trillion in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed and I haven’t seen it invested in the city,” Campa-Najjar said.

FOX 5’s Misha DiBono spoke with voters who say they want their city leaders to be more responsive.

“We need a lot more involvement here in Chula Vista, we’ve been ignoring a lot because we need more fordable housing, we need more attention for the community,” one resident said.

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