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2 Chula Vista City Council Seats Up For Grabs

By Wendy Fry
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 10:51 PM PDT
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2 Chula Vista City Council Seats Up For Grabs

There are two council races in the City of Chula Vista, and election results are now coming in.

With 19 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Pamela Bensoussan is leading over challenger Larry Breitfelder for Seat 3. Bensoussan held 57 percent of the vote as of 10:45 p.m.

Click here for live results in this race

Also, former state Assemblywoman Mary Salas held 54 percent of the vote over senior council aide Linda Wagner in the race for Seat 4.

In Seat 3, Bensoussan has heavy backing from the San Diego County Democratic Party, the Chula Vista Democratic Club and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.

Bensoussan was also endorsed by the pro-business Lincoln Club, a right-leaning organization that favored her opponent Breitfelder during the 2010 council races.

That endorsement opens the way for campaign funding for Bensoussan from former Chula Vista councilman David Malcolm, the group’s political action committee co-chair and a close ally of Republican Mayor Cheryl Cox.

For more election-related stories and election night results, check out Decision 2012 feature page.

First elected in 2008, Bensoussan is a professional certified art and antique appraiser. Breitfelder served on the Otay Water District from 2002 to 2010, and is the founding president of the Chula Vista Taxpayers Association.

Meanwhile, Salas is vying for an empty seat on the council, running against Wagner. Salas has raised more than three times her opponent with heavy support from mobile home park owners, according to the latest information available. Both candidates are registered Democrats.

Key issues in the race include rent control at Chula Vista’s 33 mobile home parks and the future development of the Chula Vista waterfront.

The council races are officially non-partisan.

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