By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Mayoral candidate Mark Arapostathis and Mayor Art Madrid (top); City Council candidates (left to right) Bill Baber, Patrick Dean, Mary England, Pete Gregorovic, Guy McWhirter
September 25, 2014 (La Mesa)—Candidates for La Mesa’s mayoral and city council races made their cases to voters at a forum held by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce last week, tackling issues ranging from future development to public safety, pensions, and homelessness.
Art Madrid, who has served as La Mesa’s Mayor for over 24 years, faces a challenge from Councilmember/teacher Mark Arapostathis. Five candidates are vying for two open seats on the La Mesa Council. They are Bill Baber, an attorney and La Mesa-Spring Valley school board member; Patrick Dean, a chef and member of La Mesa’s Community Services Commission; Mary England, president of La Mesa Chamber of Commerce; Pete Gregorovic, a business attorney and youth sports leader; and Guy McWhirter, an insurance agent.
For key points made by each candidate, as well as links to video opening statements and raw audio of the debate, click "read more" and scroll down.