by Photo courtesy of Simon Silva

Deceased Chula Vista City Attorney candidate Simon Silva maintains a slim lead over opponent Dan Smith, according to the most recent update from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. 

Silva, who unexpectedly succumbed to Cancer in late September, maintains a 301-vote lead over Smith. Silva’s name remained on the ballot after his passing due to election codes. 

Chula Vista taxpayers will have to pay between $1.5 and $2 million for a special election  in either April or November of 2023 if Silva is elected to the position. Current City Attorney Glen Googins would continue to serve until a successor is elected. 

According to the city’s charter, a special election is required when there vacant seat with more than 24 months left to term. Any elected official in the city of Chula Vista would have a four-year term.

As of Nov. 11, ​​the San Diego County Registrar of Voters reported a 37.6% voter turnout. 

The County Registrar has up until Dec. 8 to certify the election results.

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