England Leaving Lemon Grove Council

LA MESA -- Mary England, the energetic executive director of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Republican candidate for the new 79th Assembly District in November will not seek re-election to the Lemon Grove City Council.

England, who served 12 years on the Lemon Grove council, made her announcement in a press release today. Here is the full release:

(Lemon Grove, CA. - August 13, 2012) Mary England, Council Member in the City of Lemon Grove, announced today that she will not seek reelection and is retiring from Lemon Grove public office. "I am honored to have served the people of Lemon Grove as their elected official for the past 12 years. Throughout these past years we have made remarkable strides in the development and infrastructure of our city," stated England.

England was first elected in 2000 and was successfully reelected in 2004 and 2008, easily defeating challengers in both elections.

While in office, England was instrumental in taking a leadership role in the City of Lemon Grove's 30th anniversary celebration, partnering with community organizations, churches and businesses while implementing a 12-month anniversary celebration of this small community.

"Whenever this city needed a champion, Mary England carried the torch. Her enthusiasm and dedication to our community and this region are unparalleled," stated Jim Butcher owner of AAA Imaging and Past President of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. "Prior to her election in 2000, Mary was the tireless President and CEO of the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. She created recognition programs for community leaders and businesses that have not been duplicated to this day. After her successful election she volunteered for the next four years to produce the chamber's annual Leadership Awards. This fund raiser supplied the funding to support the chamber annually," Butcher added.

"My departure from the Lemon Grove City Council arena is bittersweet. I have enjoyed all of the people I have had the pleasure to meet and assist throughout these past 12 years," England remarked. "The highlight of the council's priorities while I served are evident as you look at our landscape. DCH Honda is a beacon to folks driving down highway 94. That project was created and completed with the total support of the city council. The first mixed use project on Broadway in over 43 years is another testament to the collaboration of the council and the partnership with developers to achieve success. We broke ground last month on our $4.9 million project that will house people and provide retail space for a vibrant downtown area co-located with the trolley," England added.

England is running for the new 79th Assembly District that was created through California redistricting. She beat 4 challengers in the Primary election and now faces one opponent on the November 6 ballot. "I plan to serve this new district the same way I have served the people of Lemon Grove, through dedication to the issues and taking a strong stand against out-of-control spending and government waste. It is time that Sacramento became the guardian of every Californian's money, treating it like their own, instead of flagrant disregard for the consequences of excessive spending," stated England.

Mary England is a Lemon Grove City Councilmember and the President & CEO of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. England is a member of the board of directors of the San Diego East County Visitors Bureau and the Metropolitan Transit System. She is Vice Chair of the Heartland Joint Powers Authority and is a member of the La Mesa Rotary Club. Formerly, she served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Justice Center. In 2004, Mary was awarded the Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. She also was chosen as the "Woman of The Year" in the field of Government by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and received the La Mesa Community Crown Award in 2011.

The 79th Assembly District includes the cities of La Mesa and Lemon Grove, the community of Bonita, portions of the cities of Chula Vista and National City and the city of San Diego neighborhoods of San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Webster, Skyline, Encanto, Paradise Hills and Mission Valley.

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