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ELECTION: District 4 City Council

The March 3rd primary is just one month from today, and three candidates are running for the District 4 seat on the Chula Vista City Council.

Here is some information we’ve compiled to help you understand the candidates. Lines preceded by the word “STATEMENT” are claims/statements made on the candidate’s website and have not been verified by ChulaVista.com. We encourage you to visit the websites linked below to learn more about who they are and what issues they focus on. You vote counts and your vote is important.

Mike Diaz is the incumbent and has served one term as a Chula Vista City Councilmember.

  • Learn more about Mike at https://www.chulavistaca.gov/departments/mayor-and-council/district-4
  • Mike went to school at Castle Park Elementary
  • graduated from Castle Park High School in 1976
  • Mike spent 32 years in the fire service
  • Mike became a naturalized citizen in 1982
  • 27 years with Escondido Fire
  • Retired from fire services October 2011
  • EMS and Fire Protection Task Force –  LAFCO sub-committee
  • Sweetwater High School District Career Technical Education instructor (Fire Service)

Delfina Gonzalez is a business owner and is also an organizer with the United Domestic Workers labor union.

  • Learn more about Delfina at https://delfina2020.com/
  • STATEMENT: “Fighting for Your Family’s Fair Share of City Resources”
  • STATEMENT “Fights to reduce homelessness by creating “wrap around” services – meal, housing, and back on their feet”
  • United Domestic Worker Union representative
  • STATEMENT: “Delfina has fought for west Chula Vista’s fair share of resources, making an incredible difference in the 4th District.”
  • STATEMENT: “Despite Eastlake and Otay Ranch having greater representational advantages and more resources, Delfina has delivered tangible results for our families in Southwest Chula Vista.”
  • STATEMENT: “Delfina is the only candidate capable of hitting the ground running, day one and get results! Using her experience and skills.”
  • Delfina is a mom, married with three children, small business owner, a Sweetwater Authority Citizens Advisory Committee member, a labor representative, and a board member of a Chula Vista non-profit rehabilitation center.
  • New information verified with event organizers
    • STATEMENT: “She is responsible for feeding homeless at Panera’s yearly Thanksgiving Lunch.”
    • “Responsible” in the context of running for public office would/could be construed as being associated with organizer staff or leadership. Though volunteering is as important as organizing when it comes to events like this, statements like this need to be very clear so as not to be misunderstood by voters.

Andrea Cardenas

  • Learn more about Andrea at https://andreacardenas.com/
  • STATEMENT: “My experience working with multiple levels of government and with countless local organizations has equipped me with the experience needed to bring real housing solutions to our city.”
    • STATEMENT: “No one in Chula Vista deserves to be without a home, and as a Councilmember, I pledge to work tirelessly to make that a reality.”
  • STATEMENT: “For years, Chula Vista has struggled to meet the ever-increasing public safety needs, putting many of our communities at risk. We deserve better.”
  • STATEMENT: “Unfortunately, our district has not seen the investment and growth we’ve seen in other parts of Chula Vista. As a member of the Council, I will fight for our communities and ensure that funds are distributed equitably among our communities.”

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Recent election news:
2018 CV high grad sued incumbent Councilman Mike Diaz and candidate Delfina Gonzalez. Completely ridiculous charges
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/south-county/chula-vista/story/2020-01-27/political-lawsuit-shakes-up-chula-vista-city-council-election

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