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City of Lemon GroveCandidate for Mayor

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Racquel Vasquez

4,036 votes (43.76%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: I will work with law enforcement to ensure that we address crime to maintain a safe community in Lemon Grove.
  • Neighborhood Improvements: I will encourage redevelopment while preserving the unique character of our neighborhoods.
  • Economic Development: I will prioritize the budget to ensure the City thrives - supporting infrastructure improvements, local businesses, and services that are important to our community.



Senior Public Information Officer, City of San Diego (2008–current)
Councilmember, City of Lemon Grove — Elected position (2012–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Lemon Grove — Appointed position (2007–2012)
Public Information Officer, City of San Diego (2000–2008)
Program Specialist, City of Newport News, Virginia (1997–1999)


California State University, Northridge B.A., Radio, Television, Film - Emphasis in Management (1994)

Community Activities

Founder, Thrive Lemon Grove (2013–current)
Committee Member, League of California Cities Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee (2016–current)
Commissioner , Heartland Fire Communications Facility Authority Commission and Training Authority (2015–current)
Committee Member, Lemon Grove City-School District Collaboration Committee (2012–current)
Board member, East County Economic Development Council (2012–2014)


Awards | Recognition

  • F.A.N.C.Y Impact Award for Inspiring Women and Girls in the Community – 
    Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach & Urban Redevelopment

  • Leading a New Way Recognition  San Diego Labor Council and the Center on Policy Initiative

  • Citizens Water Academy Recognition – San Diego County Water Authority

  • Circle of Care Award – La Maestra Community Health Centers 

  • Women Leader of the 79th Assembly District – California State Assembly and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber

  • Mark of Excellence Silver Bernays Award in Public Service – Public Relations Society of America

  • Outstanding Public Service Award – Gustavus A. Thompson #79 Prince Hall F&A.M., Ada B. Cleveland #71 Order of Eastern Star P.H.R.A.
  • Mark of Excellence Bronze Bernays Award in Public Service – Public Relations Society of America

  • Award of Merit – American Public Works Association  

  • President's Volunteer Service Award – President's Council on Service and Civic Participation



  • Navy Family – Married 23 years, husband retried with 24 years of service

  • Two Daughters – 15 and 22

    • Oldest Daughter – SDSU student, Major: Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the City of Lemon Grove, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Racquel Vasquez:

For the past decade, city residents have endured drastic cuts to community services. We have unfunded infrastructure needs from aging buildings, roads and street lights to long-deferred maintenance projects. We are going to have to make a significant investment in the upkeep of our city.


Although economic growth for the city is slow, we can diversify our funding sources to improve the quality of life for everyone. I will prioritize economic development in our city so we can generate the revenue we need to keep up with the expense of running our city. I will foster a proactive approach to business expansion, attraction and retention efforts and serve as an advocate for federal, state and local grant funding opportunities. 

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