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August 17, 2012 (Lemon Grove)--Mary England, Council Member in the City of Lemon Grove, announced this week that she will not seek reelection and is retiring from Lemon Grove public office.

 "I am honored to have served the people of Lemon Grove as their elected official for the past 12 years. Throughout these past years we have made remarkable strides in the development and infrastructure of our city," stated England.

England, a Republican was first elected in 2000 and won reelection in 2004 and 2008, easily defeating challengers in both elections. She is now running for the new 79th Assembly District that was created through California redistricting. She will face off against Democrat Shirley Weber PhD, a professor and former San Diego Unified School Board member, on the November 6 ballot

England reflects that while in office, she took a leadership role in the City of Lemon Grove's 30th anniversary celebration, partnering with community organizations, churches and businesses while implementing a 12-month anniversary celebration of this small community.

Her tenure was not without controversy however, notably a decision to eliminate the cash-strapped city’s Recreation Department. 

"Whenever this city needed a champion, Mary England carried the torch," stated Jim Butcher owner of AAA Imaging and Past President of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. "Prior to her election in 2000, Mary was the tireless President and CEO of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. She created recognition programs for community leaders and businesses that have not been duplicated to this day.”

She remains at the helm of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

"My departure from the Lemon Grove City Council arena is bittersweet. I have enjoyed all of the people I have had the pleasure to meet and assist throughout these past 12 years," England remarked. "The highlight of the council's priorities while I served are evident as you look at our landscape. DCH Honda is a beacon to folks driving down highway 94…The first mixed use project on Broadway in over 43 years is another testament to the collaboration of the council and the partnership with developers to achieve success. We broke ground last month on our $4.9 million project that will house people and provide retail space for a vibrant downtown area co-located with the trolley.”

England said that if elected to the Assembly, her focus will be on “taking a strong stand against out-of-control spending and government waste. It is time that Sacramento became the guardian of every Californian's money, treating it like their own, instead of flagrant disregard for the consequences of excessive spending.”

The 79th Assembly District includes the cities of La Mesa and Lemon Grove, the community of Bonita, portions of the cities of Chula Vista and National City and the city of San Diego neighborhoods of San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Webster, Skyline, Encanto, Paradise Hills and Mission Valley.