Lemon Grove's newest councilwoman Racquel Vasquez was officially sworn into office on Tuesday, but election results weren't certified until a day later. Now, she's thanking you, the voters.
In a field of six candidates running for two open seats in the Nov. 6 election, Vasquez managed to secure more votes than any other candidate, with 4,118 total votes-- or 30.39 percent of the overall vote.
[See attached .pdf of official results for the city of Lemon Grove]
Councilwoman Vasquez shared this statement with Lemon Grove Patch:
Friends, family, supporters and community members, we started this campaign over a year and a half ago with great effort reaching out to the people of Lemon Grove.
After endless days and nights calling residents and businesses; hosting weekly Coffee with the Candidates at our local Starbucks to hear your concerns; walking east, west, north and south knocking on doors throughout Lemon Grove; reaching out through my campaign website, Facebook, Twitter, and the Lemon Grove Patch; and stating my position at the first online debate, we won the election! And it is all because of you.
I heard you loud and clear: Public safety, quality neighborhoods, and economic development for our city matter. Through the dialogue, I also heard that restoring some of our lost city services matter; improving our streets matter; having safe parks where our children can play matter; and redeveloping our business districts matter. Thank you for entrusting me with what matters to you.
Now that I have taken my oath of office, I will do everything I can to represent what is important to you and I am grateful to be worthy of your faith and trust. I look forward to these next four years working for you and with my colleagues to move Lemon Grove forward. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support and the opportunity to serve you.