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Mayor of Chula Vista
Mary began her service to the community on the Chula Vista Civil Service Commission in 1991. She was next appointed to the Planning Commission in 1993 and served until she was elected to the Chula Vista City Council in 1996, beating her opponent by 10 percentage points. Mary easily won re-election in 2000 with 66 percent of the vote. After leaving the Council, she served as a Director of the Sweetwater Authority/South Bay Irrigation District. She was elected to the California State Assembly in 2006, where she chaired the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. She also served on the Jobs, Economic Development and Economy Committee, the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and the Health Committee. Mary was elected to the Chula Vista City Council in 2012 and in 2014, she made history as the first elected Latina Mayor in Chula Vista and the County of San Diego.