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Mary Salas
Mayor of Chula Vista
In office
December 9, 2014-Present
Term ends
December 2018
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Chula Vista City Council
California State Assembly
District 79
Bachelor'sSan Diego State University
Place of birthChula Vista, California
Office website
Campaign website
Mary Salas is the Mayor of Chula Vista, California.[1] She was elected on November 4, 2014, and was sworn in on December 9, 2014. She is the first Latina mayor in Chula Vista's history.[2]

Salas was previously a member of the Chula Vista City Council, from 1996-2004 and 2012-2014. Salas was also a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 79 from 2006-2010.[3]

Committee assignments

During her time in the legislature, Salas served on the following committees:


Salas's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 261 - Pupil records: privacy rights
  • AB 286 - Vehicles: additional registration fees
  • AB 847 - Sales tax: Adult Entertainment Venue Impact Fee

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Chula Vista, California mayoral election, 2014

The city of Chula Vista, California held mayoral elections on June 3, 2014. Pamela Bensoussan, Jerry Rindone and Mary Salas faced off in the general election. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Salas and Rindone - met in a runoff election on November 4, 2014. Salas defeated Rindone in the runoff.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Chula Vista Mayor, General Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Salas 52.9% 19,995
Jerry Rindone 47.1% 17,827
Total Votes 37,822
Source: County of San Diego - 2014 Election Results
Chula Vista Mayor, Primary Election, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Salas 44.2% 9,808
Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Rindone 38.9% 8,638
Pamela Bensoussan 16.8% 3,732
Total Votes 22,178
Source: County of San Diego - 2014 Election Results


Salas was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. She instead ran for election to the California State Senate, Seat 40. She was defeated by Juan Vargas in the June 8 primary.

California State Senate, District 40 Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Vargas 50% 24,282
Mary Salas 50% 24,260
Total Votes 48,542


In 2008 Salas was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 79. Salas (D) finished with 74,051 votes while her opponent Derrick Roach (R) finished with 32,526 votes.[10]

California State Assembly, District 79, Special Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Salas Incumbent 69.5% 74,051
     Republican Derrick Roach 30.5% 32,526
Total Votes 106,577

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Salas won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Salas raised a total of $444,041.


Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[11][12]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Salas ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.


Salas is a member of the American Association of University Women, California Trade and Commerce Agency, Kiwanis International, MANA, South County Economic Development Council Board and Sweetwater Authority.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cheryl Cox
Mayor of Chula
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chula Vista City Council, Seat 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 79
Succeeded by
Ben Hueso