Councilmembers elected in Districts 3 and 4
On Tuesday, December 8, the City of Chula Vista Council administered oaths of office to a new councilmember and a re-elected councilmember. Andrea Cardenas will represent District 4, and Steve Padilla was re-elected as the representative for District 3. Cardenas was elected after winning the spot against incumbent Mike Diaz.
Cardenas is a life-long resident of Southwest Chula Vista. She graduated with honors from Hilltop High School in 2009 before attending the University of California, Riverside, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy.
After graduating from UC Riverside, Cardenas was hired to serve as a Community Representative for the Mayor of San Diego where she advised on issues regarding Binational Affairs and represented the 8th District of the City of San Diego. She then joined a South County based Government and Public Relations firm where she served as the Director of Communications and Community Engagement.
Cardenas helped establish the first “Ventanilla de Asesoria Financiera” a financial help desk based out of the Mexican Consulate that provides financial literacy and education opportunities for Mexican nationals, immigrants, and underserved communities.
Padilla was re-elected to a second four-year term representing District 3. A lifelong Chula Vista resident, He is a graduate of Bonita Vista High School, a former police officer and police Detective. He is currently Principal of Aquarius Group, Inc., a public affairs consulting practice he began in 2007. He holds undergraduate degrees in Liberal Arts and Public Administration from Southwestern College and National University, and studied law at
Western State University, College of Law.
After serving as a member of the Board of Ethics and Safety Commission, Padilla was elected to the City Council in 1994 and served two terms. In 2002, he was elected the City’s 38th Mayor and served from 2002 – 2006. In 2016, Padilla was elected to represent District 3 in the City’s first district-only elections. He has served on various boards and commissions including a current appointment to the California Coastal Commission.