By Elijah McKee
Photo: former Councilmember Kristine Alessio will challenge La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis.
Updated August 15 with additional candidates qualified
August 10, 2022 (San Diego's East County) — Each city in East County will have elected seats up for grabs in the approaching November election — but the deadline to file for candidacy ends this week on August 12.
Along with each city’s elected positions, filing periods for school, fire and water districts will close too, as well as community planning groups.
Incumbents can be granted a five-day extension for filing their nomination, but time is almost up for challengers and political newcomers. Those interested in running for an office can refer to the appropriate city or board clerk for nomination paperwork.
Local councils and staff members have a wide scope of impact on ground-level development and policy changes that matter to residents, as they are tasked with designing priorities and implementing budgets. City council terms are typically four years, while staff positions may be longer.
ECM asked East County's four cities for information on who has filed to run so far. Below are the responses.