February 18, 2010 (San Diego) – Assemblywoman Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista) has announced plans to run for the 40th State Senate seat. Senator Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego) will be stepping down due to term limits. Running on the campaign slogan, “a real Democrat,” Salas was honored as Legislator of the Year in 2009 by the San Diego County Democratic Party for her legislation that benefited senior citizens, children and veterans.
She cites her top priorities as “improving services to veterans, increasing access and availability to high quality health care, improving our educational system, creating good paying jobs, and ensuring a reliable source of water for our families, our businesses and our farms. Salas, who is from a military family, chairs the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.
She has served as an Assemblymember, City Council Member, South Bay Irrigation District Director, Sweetwater Authority Director, Economic Development Specialist with the California Trade and Commerce Agency and on numerous civic organizations.
In addition to her government positions, she has worked in the private sector as the Corporate Communications Director for Community Health Group. As Vice President of the South County Economic Development Council and Chairwoman of the Trans-border Business Development Committee, Salas helped bring Raytheon, Solar, and Leviton to South San Diego creating hundreds of local jobs. A graduate of San Diego State University, she resides in Chula Vista with her husband and children.
According to the nonpartisan site www.ProjectVote-Smart.org, Salas has high ratings ( 90% to 100%) from consumer and environmental groups, seniors organizations, labor, women’s organizations, family and children’s groups. She has a zero rating from the National Rifle Association, with mixed ratings from business organizations. She voted with the Chamber of Commerce 14% of the time, but was named to the California Small Business Association honor roll for protecting interests of small business owners.
The 40th State Senate district encompasses the southern-most regions of San Diego and extends east into Imperial County. In San Diego County, it encompasses portions of Bonita, Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego. The heavily Democratic Distirct is also 60% Latino.
For more information on her campaign, visit http://www.marysalasforstatesenate.com/about.asp. For more information on her legislative record, visit her Assembly website at http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/makebio.asp?district=79 and the nonpartisan www.vote-smart.org.