CHULA VISTA, Calif. — City Councilmember John McCann built an early lead in the Chula Vista mayoral race, early results in the California General Election showed.

As of Tuesday evening, McCann was still leading and had garnered about 52% of the votes compared to his opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar’s nearly 48%. There were still 4,600 projected outstanding ballots countywide, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

McCann is a seasoned Chula Vista government official who has served four terms on the City Council while also holding the title of deputy mayor under three different mayors. 

Campa-Najjar is a businessman who has had two previous runs for Congress, though he was never elected.  

Chula Vista residents have cast their ballots to choose who will replace Mary Casillas Salas, a longtime local leader and the South Bay city’s first Latina mayor, who is termed out. 

This race determines the first new leader in nearly a decade for San Diego County’s second-largest city.