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VISTA, Calif. – Vista’s youngest-ever city council member was sworn into office Tuesday night during a special meeting in the City Council Chambers.

Cody Campbell, 26, is confident he has the knowledge and passion for the job.

Cody Photo“I think ultimately it’s not a factor if you’re too young or too old to be on the council,” said Campbell. “I think it’s a factor of do you really want to do what’s right for the people in Vista?”

Campbell took the oath of office along with Amanda Young Rigby. The two new council members replaced Steve Gronke and Frank Lopez. Gronke and Lopez received a standing ovation during the meeting.

Though Campbell is only in his 20s, he already has years of political experience.

“I was a student trustee on the Vista Unified School Board for two years,” said Campbell. “I became more involved in the community locally with the school district and city politics and policies. I served a year on the planning commission as well.”

Campbell has also worked on several campaigns.

“Became involved in politics throughout the state working with the former State Treasurers campaign, Phil Angelides, when he was running for governor,” said Campbell. “Congressman Bob Filner when he was running for re-election.”

Campbell believes his platform speaks for itself.

“Creating a business friendly climate in the city,” said Campbell. “Also making sure the businesses we attract provide quality jobs for everyone in Vista. That we maintain quality of life in Vista and move Vista forward.”

Campbell’s parents were among those attending Tuesday’s ceremony. His mother said he’s always been destined for politics.

“He’s been loving politics since he was just a small child,” said Sonya Campbell. “I’m really proud of him.”

1 Comment

  • Valerie

    Congratulations and I am really hoping to seeing a positive change in Vista! Schools and children have been suffering, crime is up and cops and helicopters flying around are sadly a regular thing. Drugs and people on drugs are walking the streets everywhere and the city is literally filthy with garbage and trash on every street. I remember Vista being a decent place to live and I hope that can happen once again for the sake of my child and all the others living in this community! I have faith in you and I fully support these changes!

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