John McCann and Ammar Campa-Najjar
John McCann, left, and Ammar Campa-Najjar. Campaign photos

An early poll of the Chula Vista Mayor’s race shows Republican John McCann and Democrat Ammar Campa Najjar leading in the race for mayor in the second largest city in San Diego County.

The poll of 631 likely voters by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, NC, found that if the primary were held today, 19% would choose McCann, a city council member, and 13% Campa-Najjar, a former congressional candidate. The two would likely advance to the general election.

Three other Democrats each secured about half of Campa-Najjar’s support: Rudy Ramirez at 7%, Jill M. Galvez at 7% and Zaneta Encarnacion at 6%.

It’s a long time before the June primary, and nearly half of those polled remain undecided.

While the poll found McCann with a slight edge, 47% of poll respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 29% as independents and just 24% as Republicans.

When the poll respondents were asked to choose just between McCann and Campa-Najjar, as would be the case if the two advance to the general election, they were tied at 26%.

Chula Vista’s current mayor, Mary Casillas Salas, is termed out and cannot run for re-eleciton.

Campa Najjar twice ran unsuccessfully to represent the 50th District in Congress. He grew up in Chula Vista, graduated from Eastlake High School and Southwestern College, and served in the Obama administration’s Department of Labor.

McCann grew up in Chula Vista and graduated from Bonita Vista High School and San Diego State University, joining the Naval Reserve and rising to the rank of commander.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.