Imperial Beach, National City mayors lead – U

National City City Council

In National City two candidates were vying for the mayoral seat and four for two council seats.

Mayor Ron Morrison, 64, had an overwhelming lead in the mayoral race in early returns Tuesday, beating Vice-Mayor Luis “Louie” Natividad, 71.

Morrison was first elected to the council in 2006 after 14 years as a council member. He said his priority as mayor will be the long- and short-term financial sustainability of the city. In addition, he wants to continuing the trend of improvements of neighborhoods and businesses.

Morrison says that long-term fiscal sustainability will allow for a high level of public services and attraction of businesses with good paying jobs while providing increased city revenue.

He is a member of the Sweetwater Authority water board and is a member of the board of directors on the San Diego Association of Governments.

National City incumbent Mona Rios and candidate Albert Mendivil took leads over opponents Ken Seaton-Msemaji and Barbara Avalos for two council seats.

Rios, 61, is a fourth generation National City resident.

Mendivil, 60, is a retired elementary school principal.

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Imperial Beach City Council

In Imperial Beach, two candidates were vying for the mayoral seat and six for two council seats.

Mayor Jim Janney led the Imperial Beach mayoral race in early returns against Serge Dedina with a slight lead of 1.5 percent.

Janney, 58, is a small-business owner. He was first elected mayor in 2006.

Dedina, 50 is th executive director of WiLDCOAST, an organization that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife.

Imperial Beach incumbents Councilwoman Lorie Bragg and Councilman Ed Spriggs led with about 22 percent and 31 percent respectively over four other candidates.

Bragg, 57 is a restaurant/hotel manager elected to the council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Spriggs, 67, is a retired UC San Diego senior manager elected in 2010.

Other candidates include Valerie Acevez, Jim King, Erika Lowery and Elizabeth Saldana in their bid for the two council seats.

Chula Vista propositions

Chula Vista voters were overwhelmingly approving propositions A and B in early returns Tuesday.

Both measures require approval by a simple majority (more than 50 percent) of the voters.

Prop. A, a council-proposed measure, passed with nearly 78 percent of voter approval. It amends the city’s charter provisions that govern public works and general purchasing practices.

Prop. A does not change voter-approved Proposition G’s fair and open competition provisions.

Prop. B led with about 78 percent. It will change the city charter so that if a City Council seat becomes vacant with more than 12 months and fewer than 25 months remaining in the term, the council can fill the vacancy by appointment or call a special election.

Therefore, in any special election to fill a vacancy, a candidate receiving more than 50 percent of votes cast is deemed the winner with no runoff required.

Without voter approval of Prop. B, filling a vacant seat on the City Council could have cost taxpayers between $1 million and $1.2 million.