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Meet the 2 candidates running for Lompoc mayor

Posted at 6:54 PM, Sep 25, 2020

Current Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne is being challenged by Councilman Victor Vega this November.

Both of the candidates have been working alongside each other for the past few years and each say they're the right choice to see a positive change in the City of Lompoc.

"Change isn't easy, change doesn't happen quickly," Osborne said.

Osborne has been serving the community of Lompoc as a city council member for two years and now currently as mayor.

She says she is motivated to run for a second term to continue to work on the goals she set.

"I still have goals for this community that so many supported when they elected me in 2018 that I want to continue working on in 2020," Osborne said.

Those goals include reducing gang activity, investing in city parks, and working to create a stronger community relationship with the city's police department.

Opponent councilman Vega says his business background as a real estate broker could help achieve sustainable growth.

"I think it’s really important to have a leader that understands economic development understands the first point of contact.. understands the building and planning issues to help Lompoc be more sustainable," Vega said.

He says with the right leadership, Lompoc can become a place that people can start seeing as a place to get-away.

"If we had everything in a pristine condition it would be kind of like a nice getaway for people and I think that would bring in tourism and help the local economy come in here," Vega said.

Each candidate agrees that in order to reach their set goals, a change in the current council needs to be made.

"Potentially having a new council that has a similar vision about what can be accomplished here," Osborne said.

"A really great leader should be able to work harder to bring everyone together," Vega said.

Santa Barbara County ballots should be arriving in mailboxes in the coming weeks.

More with the candidates -
Jenelle Osborne:

Interview with Lompoc mayoral candidate Jenelle Osborne

Victor Vega:

Interview with Lompoc mayoral candidate Victor Vega