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If the election for Chula Vista City Council Seat 2 were held today, who would get your vote?

Patricia Aguilar
Hector Gastelum
David Gonzalez Jr.
Willie Harris
Dan Smith
Michael Spethman

Sophia Smith Says:

Mon, Jun 02 2014 06:51 PM

DAVID GONZALEZ has my family and friend's vote. He is passionate about Chula Vista and is a dedicated family and businessman.

Ashley Smith Says:

Mon, Jun 02 2014 06:49 PM

David Gonzalez has my family and friend's vote, he's a great individual with great values and is passionate about Chula Vista.

David Ichibon Says:

Thu, Mar 27 2014 10:22 PM

a friend told me about Dan Smith, so I looked him up and visited his website at http://chula4smith.com I was impressed by his credentials. The guy is a successful lawyer and businessman--and he chose to live here. To me that says a lot. In the photos on his website, he's digging holes and picking up trash... that's why he's getting my vote. He obviously has the educational background and business acumen to make Chula Vista business-friendly, but he's not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work to keep the city as a great place to live. In my book that's what I'm looking for in a community leader.

Darlene Says:

Mon, Mar 24 2014 12:17 AM

I know of Willie Harris through his volunteering through the community organizations. He is someone who cares about Chula Vista, won't follow the status quo and will do what is right for its residents. Why not vote for someone who is a newer member of our community....that is how change is made.

Dan Smith Says:

Sat, Mar 22 2014 03:48 PM

Just a quick note from Dan Smith. As for my "political experience" I can say that I did serve as an elected board member of the Gaslamp Board of Directors (Business Improvement District) in formative years of the Gaslamp District during the Superbowl and World series years. The Board did work quite closely with the City of San Diego, CCDC, City Council, and business owners. The start of my involvement began shortly after working for Federal Defenders of San Diego when started the Original BikeCAB Company, Inc. and owned a building in East Village thanks to 3 SBA loans (I've since paid off!) and a lot of hard work.

Working with CCDC, the property became our headquarters and my law office. The Original BikeCAB Company did become the largest in the U.S. and I am proud of the fact we operated in San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, and Houston. When the NFL wanted pedicabs in FL for the superbowl, they called us. We had a good reputation. I sold the business and the property and moved to Chula Vista with my wife Layla and our 3 children where we have been for over a decade. My office is in Chula Vista and this is our home.

I hope that did not sound too much like campaigning, but I wanted to set the record straight for your benefit as a voter. I chose to run as a small businessman, since that is essentially what I have been since 1993.

Thanks Daniel, and I like your name even though I have been known as just "Dan" for years.

Dan Smith

Daniel Murphy Says:

Fri, Mar 21 2014 11:26 PM

This one should be interesting. Plenty of unknowns so like one commenter wrote, what would be the motivation for going against an incumbent? It is nice to see plenty of "regular" type people getting involved. It's much like how Pat Aguilar got her start. Googling all the candidates, the only people to have any other sort of real politics would be Hector Gastelum who ran against now Senator Ben Hueso and David Gonzalez Jr. who is currently on Otay Water District Board. Michael Spethmen appears to have served on a commission within the city, Willie Harris served in the Navy, and Dan Smith is an attorney in Chula Vista.

Ashley, I would check more into the website before coming to judgement. Looking at the site, dated around the 2010 election and email about Cox is not even a week before that election. If memory serves me right (which doesn't always, don't grow old kids) this was heavily contested between Gonzalez and Chris Shilling. What concerns me about the site is that there are no other inductees, no information on any other pages, and no one to be held accountable. It's almost as if it was created to attack Gonzalez, but who knows. Personally no one at this moment in this seat excites me but I should say just because something is on the internet, doesn't mean it's true. Pretty sure there was a Simpsons episode about that.

Marcos, that's great to know and I'm sure all candidates have positively affected the people around them, but the voters need to hear and know more about vision and plans for the city.

Alan Spears, although your comment is sort of written like a commercial, Dan sounds like a stand up guy, even though he's a lawyer. Kidding. My ex-wife probably likes him. I do have to say that there are probably enough worthy people out of the bunch to sit on the council. None of them scream politician so it's a step in the right direction.

IMO - Daniel

Ashley Says:

Fri, Mar 21 2014 05:07 PM

I am reading a website called www.sandiegohallofshame.com and some of these things make me wonder. On the second paragraph I noticed that just minutes after being sworn in he voted to increase the Otay Water General Manager, Mark Watton's, annual salary and benifits to $301,0000 with 71 paid vacation days. Otay has raised rates 37% in recent years and plans an additional 80% more over the next 5 years. He has Do we really want him in our city council?

move along nothing to see here Says:

Fri, Mar 21 2014 04:42 PM

One has to wonder why so many people are going against an incumbent.....I think this is the first time this many people in CV went against an incumbent.

Marcos Says:

Fri, Mar 21 2014 04:30 PM

Gonzalez has mine and my family's vote. HUmble person, great person that volunteers in our schools, youth sports leagues, and church. Big impact on my children what he's done. Wish his brothers still played for Padres (boo Dodgers lol) but I won't hold that against him.

Alan Spears Says:

Fri, Mar 21 2014 02:33 PM

Dan Smith is a loving caring father and husband. He is impeccably honest, and extraordinarily ethical as a lawyer. Chula Vista has been his place of residence and self-employed business for many years. Dan's substantial stake in the community makes him the ideal candidate for the office he now seeks. Who better than Dan Smith to sit on the Chula Vista City Council? Absolutely no one! He's the man we should be honored to have serve as our elected representative.

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