July 2 2004

Mary Salas Renounces Run for Sweetwater School Board

By Perlita R. Dicochea

Mary Salas, Chula Vista City Councilwoman of eight years, will not run for Sweetwater School Board as initially intended. Councilwoman Salas made the decision after her daughter, Michele Salas, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma last week.

“The nucleus of all good that happens in our lives is our family. I want to be there for my daughter one-hundred percent of the time as she struggles through this,” Salas stated.

Michele Salas will undergo six treatments of chemotherapy with three-week rest periods between each treatment.

“The employees of Chula Vista have already offered blood donations, get well cards, and positive support. All of this means a lot to (Michele) and it’s very important because a lot of getting through this is about one’s attitude and approach,” Councilwoman Salas explained.

Councilwoman Salas will keep her full-time job with Community Health Group. “I have a wonderful, understanding boss and flexible hours,” Salas confirmed.

In the 1990s, Councilwoman Salas served on the Chula Vista Civil Service Commission and the Planning Commission. She also served on the San Diego Community Foundation Economic Development Task Force and was a former president of the Mexican American National Association (MANA), a non-profit that focuses on Latina leadership and advocacy.

If you would like to donate blood and you have type O+ blood, you may donate in Michele Salas’ name to The San Diego Blood Bank at 1-877-659-2001.

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