National City is a strong community, with multi generational households on the rise. Who better to represent our amazing city than a local citizen who had always dreamed of becoming mayor? On this episode of Beyond The Vision, we’re chatting with Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, National City’s first female Mayor. With 10 years as a Councilwoman under her belt and a strong desire to unite the city, Mayor Sotelo-Solis has pledged to work hard in her new position.
As a 3rd generation resident of National City, Mayor Sotelo-Solis is proud to call this community home. From a young age she dreamed of becoming a leader, working hard to educate herself to do so. As a graduate of UC San Diego with a degree in political science, Sotelo-Solis then served on a variety of committees and boards that sought to enrich the community. Her hard work and dedication ultimately led her to serve 10 years as a Councilwoman for National City.
Sotelo-Solis’s new position as the city’s first female Mayor means working hard to bring a diverse population together. With a City Council that has often been divided over various policies, Mayor Sotelo-Solis’s goal is to bring the members together for the common good of the community. This includes focusing on the ever-present housing crisis facing local residents.
From homeownership, homelessness, evictions and rising rent costs to providing space for more local businesses and community services, Mayor Sotelo-Solis will have some big issues to tackle. It is Mayor Sotelo-Solis’s job to see the issues from both sides. And work together to come up with a fair plan of action for the city’s future. Attracting new businesses to build the city’s commerce is important, but taking care of current working residents struggling to make ends meet is also a priority.
While these types of decisions might seem daunting, Mayor Sotelo-Solis has a strong foundation of support to help carry her through, Married to her high school sweetheart, Arturo, and mother of 3 daughters, herfamily has stood by her side and supported her decision to embark on this new assignment. She is also deeply grounded by her faith, serving as a Liturgical Minister at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Through this ministry, Sotelo-Solis is everhard at work to tackle social justice issues and ensure that every community member feels safe and supported.
Having “one of our own” in office has been a huge boost to all of National City’s residents, many who have known Mayor Sotelo-Solis and her family for years. With a true interest in the issues our community faces and a commitment to solving any problem thrown her way, it will be exciting to see how our new Mayor spearheads the types of changes we all hope to see. Our team here at Faith & Vision Realty looks forward to continuing to build up our amazing community alongside her!