TheVistapress.com asked each City Council Candidates the same six questions about our city’s future. Our hope is that you can reach a educated vote.
Tom Fleming is a self-described “constitutional conservative and proud American”. “A blue collar kind of guy who knows what it is like to get up early every day and go to work (like most of the citizens of Vista)”. He was the town’s Shoe Repair Man at One Day Shoe Repair on the corner of Broadway and Indiana in the Historic Core of Vista for 30 + years until retiring on July 31, 2015. On June 7th, 2015 Tom celebrated 47 years of marriage with his wife, Terry. The couple has two children and two grand children. He is currently volunteering on the Senior Volunteer Sheriff’s Patrol.
Joe Green says he is, “a man who loves God, my family, my job, and my community”. Joe attended school in Vista, was raised by a single mom. Joe currently owns and operates his own real estate brokerage. Joe is proud of his wife Jennifer his four children. He works hard to be a good husband and father and volunteers in the community where he has served as the President of the Vista school district’s Parent-teacher organization overseeing some 22,000 families.
Erubey Lopez grew up in Vista and graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School where he was a student-athlete and captain for the Longhorn soccer team. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated with a degree in Political Theory. During summers Erubey worked as a Community Service Officer at the Palomar College Police Department and as a Tutor for the AVID program. After graduating from UCLA, he worked for the U.S. Dept. of Labor as a Business Auditor. Erubey later earned his Professional Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, School of Law. At UCLA he was part of the prestigious David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program. After graduating from law school, Lopez came back to his community and started his own law firm. Lopez has also served as Parks and Recreations Commissioner for the City of Vista.
Dale Pilat and his wife Phyllis are Vista residents and homeowners for just over four years. Together they have six children and three grandchildren. Dale is former U.S. Army and has worked with the Department of Justice on California’s Southern border. Dale has served the citizens of Vista on the Sales Tax Oversight Committee and the Public Safety Committee. Dale has also supported local veteran projects, such as the Wounded Warriors project, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and local programs that are working with our local homeless families.
Victoria Waufle is a 35 year resident and homeowner employed within the city of Vista. She holds BS degree in Criminology from the Univ. of Phoenix and a ME in Psychology from California Coast University. She has been a Boys and Girls Club of Vista board member over 25 years and Boys and Girls Club Foundation Trustee for almost 20 years. She has served as an Advisory Committee member for the Lay Ministry program covering California, Nevada and Arizona. She is a Panel member of Juvenile Justice for first time offenders in lieu of court appearance and member of the Vista Rotary and Soroptimist clubs.
Elected at age 26, Councilman Cody Campbell is the youngest council member to serve in Vista. He is third-generation Vista resident, long-term Vista business owner, and graduate of Vista schools. During his term he has introduced measures to address smoking at restaurant dining areas, require the City to purchase products Made in America, and protect local businesses and consumers from unscrupulous out-of-town interests. He recently represented Vista at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce on the California-Mexico Trade Initiative.
Amanda Young Rigby, a former City of Vista Parks & Recreation Commissioner, describes herself as “a community volunteer, a businesswoman, teacher, and mom”. She says “It is my privilege to represent you as Deputy Mayor”. She currently holds the following positions; Encina Wastewater Authority Board of Directors, Encina Wastewater Authority Policy & Finance Committee – Chairwoman, League of California Cities San Diego Division – 1st Vice President, League of California Cities Revenue & Taxation Policy Committee, and League of California Cities Member of the Latino and Women’s Caucuses.