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Special District

Otay Water DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 2

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Paula Whitsell

Small Business Owner
5,667 votes (44.45%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Lower water rates
  • Manage water resources for stable water availibility
  • Champion the rate payer



Profession:Small business owner of a real estate brokerage firm
President, Leal Real Estate Group, Inc. (2004–current)


UNM/U of the State of NY Incomplete, Electrical Engineering/Business Administration (1981)

Community Activities

Recording Secretary, San Diego County Federation of Republican Women Federated (2016–current)
Secretary, Republican Party of San Diego County (2016–current)
Lector, Corpus Christi Catholic Church (2003–current)
President, Chula Vista Bonita Republican Women Federated (2013–2015)


I have been in business as the owner of an independent real estate brokerage since 2004.  My brokerage weathered the downturn of 2008-2010 increasing revenue every year.  I understand how to read a budget and how to manage expenses, skills that are often lacking in public agencies.  I wrote the wage and salary plan for SaneSul, the water authority for the State of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil.  I lived in Brazil for almost 20 years working and consulting for a public electrical utility.  My experience is diverse and extensive.  I understand the value of each dollar that is spent and where it comes from - the pocket of the rate payer.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Lincoln Club of San Diego
  • Republican Party of San Diego County

Elected Officials (1)

  • Ronn Hall - Santee City Council

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a fiscal conservative advocating for the Otay Water rate payer.  Recent years have seen policies enacted that burden the water agency with uncertain future liabilities against strong community protests.  Water restrictions have caused thousands of dollars in lost landscaping and replacement costs which impact the rate payer's quality of life. Water rates have risen over 97% since 2007.  11 surrounding water districts have lower water rates than Otay Water which suggest the need for common sense oversight and fiscal sanity. Current market conditions have been ignored when determining employee benefits increasing costs at Otay Water.  Long term planning for water resources has been anemic meanwhile paying outside big consultant fees.  My focus is the rate payer and what is best for the rate payer.

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