by Photo courtesy of the City of Chula Vista

The City of Chula Vista announced it received a total of 17 qualified applications for the vacant District 3 City Council seat and scheduled when it will determine which applicants to interview. 

Former Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Padilla successfully ran as California State senator for District 18 in November, prompting his resignation from the city council. The city council declared the District 3 seat vacant last month and had the option to either appoint someone or let voters decide in a special election in November when the city attorney will be selected. 

The city council decided in December to follow through with the appointment process. City Council will consider and determine which applicants to interview for the vacant seat at the Jan. 17 City Council meeting. 

The applicants will be interviewed in public, according to a press release. The term of this City Council seat is from the date the appointee takes the oath of office until December 2024.

The 17 applicants are:

• Nimpa Akana: Real estate agent,

• Devonna Almagro: Director of Communications, Office of San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 1 Chair Nora Vargas

• Griselda Delgado: Sweetwater Union High School District State & Federal Programs director

• David Diaz: County of San Diego Registrar of Voters outreach lead

• Alejandro Galicia: Principal, AGBW Corp dba BPI Plumbing

• Gian Ghio: Office manager, First Legal

• Alonso Gonzalez: Principal/broker, Pac Pro Real Estate

• Christos Korgan: City of Chula Vista Commissioner of Sustainability, South Bay Sustainable Communities Nonprofit sustainability consultant, Keller Leadership Academy Board of Trustees director

• Victor Lopez: Imperio Strategies, LLC, CEO, The Lincoln Club of San Diego County executive director

• Daniel Rice (Vasquez): Brooks Automation product manager

• Sophia Rodriguez: County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency social worker

• Tamara Rodrigues: Entralta PLLC

• Frank Salaiz: Law enforcement

• Ida Spector: Chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic Corp

• Diego Vargas: FED EX GROUND operations manager

• Tanya Williams: Owner, Courage Christian Academy

• Douglas Wolf: Mathnasium of Eastlake owner/operator

To view the applications, visit The applications can also be viewed at the City Clerk’s office during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.).

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