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Mary Salas
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Current candidacy
Running for Mayor of Chula Vista
General electionJune 3, 2014
Current office
Chula Vista City Council, Seat 4
In office
1996 - 2004, December 4, 2012 - Present
Term ends
December 6, 2016
Years in position (current service)2
Years in position (previous service)8
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 3, 2014
First electedJune 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
District 79
2006 - 2010
Office website
Mary Salas is a member of the Chula Vista City Council, holding Seat 4. She was first elected to the position in 2012 and previously served in the same position from 1996 to 2004. Salas was a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 79 from 2006 to 2010.

Salas is a 2014 candidate for mayor of Chula Vista, California.[1]

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 - will meet in a runoff election on November 4, 2014.[2][3][4][5][6]

Chula Vista Mayor, 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


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.


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.[7]

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

Campaign donors


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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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