By Kendra Sitton
Photo, left to right: Councilman Jerry Jones, Kamaal Martin, Mayor Racquel Vasquez, and Christopher Williams
October 9, 2020 (Lemon Grove) -- On Monday, Sept. 14, all four candidates running for Mayor of Lemon Grove participated in a forum to discuss their visions for the city. Two of the candidates, Councilman Jerry Jones and Mayor Racquel Vasquez, already hold elected office. The other two candidates, Kamaal Martin and Christopher Williams, are political newcomers who say their backgrounds in finance will help the budget-strapped city.
The full forum can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVtSH4cwfEQ
Read highlights of the discussion are below.
Each candidate’s standout quote, background and other views are included. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
Each candidate had an opening and closing statement and answered questions about the budget shortfall, the possibility of disincorporating the city, racial equity, public safety, a shuttered youth rec center, housing, homelessness, blight and adding new businesses in the city.
Candidates were also asked about Williams’ lawsuit against the city alleging an assault by Councilman David Arambula following an alleged discussion of proposed cannabis’ dispensaries at the Councilman’s home. (Arambula has contended he acted in self defense but did not notify law enforcement or colleagues on the Council.)