Thursday, February 20, 2014
Chula Vista Firefighters Support Steve Padilla for City Council
CHULA VISTA - The Chula Vista Firefighters Association today announced its official endorsement of Steve Padilla for Chula Vista City Council in the June 2014 election.
"Steve Padilla has a proven record of working hand in hand with public safety officials and first responders to improve the safety and security of Chula Vista,” said John Hess, President of the Chula Vista Firefighters Association. “We are proud to stand with Steve because we know he will work to fully fund public safety, give first responders the resources they need and work to improve response times in every community. Chula Vista’s firefighters agree that Steve Padilla is the right choice to continue the work of many for safer, more secure neighborhoods.”
The endorsement from Chula Vista Firefighters comes on the heels of Padilla’s endorsement from Chula Vista Police Officers last week, making Padilla the unanimous choice of law enforcement and public safety in the campaign for City Council. A former police officer, Padilla was well known during his pervious terms in office for taking a hands-on approach to public safety, participating in regular ride-alongs with rank and file officers and meeting regularly with the City’s Police and Fire Chiefs.
“I have tremendous respect for our firefighters who put their lives on the line for residents and work to make our City safe and secure,” said Steve Padilla. “I believe we need to not only hold the line, but increase funding and resources for public safety so our first responders have the resources they need to protect and serve our communities. It is an honor to have the support of Chula Vista’s bravest – our dedicated, courageous Firefighters.”
In recent weeks, the Padilla campaign has announced a growing list of major endorsements, including the Democratic Party and the Chula Vista Employees Association. In addition, official campaign finance reports showed Padilla had raised five times more contributions for his campaign than his closest opponent.
Steve Padilla is a small business owner, environmental advocate and lifelong Chula Vistan. He is a former police officer who previously served on the Chula Vista City Council, as Chula Vista Mayor and Port Commissioner. He lives in the Otay Ranch section of Chula Vista.