As the Mayor of Imperial Beach, I value working with other elected officials, members of the public, business leaders and other civic and government officials who are collaborative, consensus-driven, kind, and who positively impact the lives of those they serve and know how to get things done.

Mark West is an Imperial Beach Councilmember who works tirelessly to make things better and serve the interests of our residents and especially our local businesses. A military veteran, Councilmember West spends all his time bringing people together to improve the quality of life for all in our little friendly little beach town. As the founder of the Imperial Beach Business Roundtable, he has supported our business community and is especially attentive to our veterans and military families. That is why I strongly endorse Mark West for the Imperial Beach Council District 2 seat. Mark will continue to do an outstanding job serving Imperial Beach and the residents of District 2 (a brand new City Council district). Whether he is fighting for clean beaches or working with our business community and keeping our streets safe and clean, Mark West defines what a positive public servant and servant leader should be.

Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Mathew Leyba-Gonzalez, the candidate for City Council District 4 in Imperial Beach. Mathew is always positive, supportive, optimistic, proactive and a leader who puts community, public safety, businesses and our kids and families first in Imperial Beach. As a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on COVID-19, I was impressed with how quickly Mathew (who grew up in Imperial Beach) responded to emerging issues in the new District 4 (southeast side of Imperial Beach where I grew up). He continually reaches out to businesses and community members to address the combined public health and economic crises we are facing. Mathew is endorsed by the San Diego County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, an indication of his commitment to keeping our neighborhoods and families safe. So I am very pleased to endorse Mathew Leyba-Gonzalez for election to represent District 4 as a member of the Imperial Beach City Council.

It is more important than ever to have positive, proactive leaders in office who bring people together. Electing Mark West (District 2) and Mathew Leyba Gonzalez (District 4) to the Imperial Beach City Council will help to continue to improve the quality of life for all and keep every neighborhood in Imperial Beach safe and clean.


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