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Judy Ritter


    Mayor (Term 2018-2022)




Mayor                                    City Council Member      Mayor Pro Tem                  
2018 l 2014 l 2010           2006 l 2002 l 1998         2006 l 2002 l 1998  

The mayor of Vista is elected at large by Vista voters every four years. Mayor Judy Ritter has been a business owner and resident in the community for over four decades. Since elected to the City Council in 1998 and elected to Mayor in 2010, and re-elected Mayor of Vista in 2014 and 2018, the City of Vista has moved forward with its vision to ensure the City's financial sustainability, to invest in the community, and to provide the community with diverse recreational, cultural, and business opportunities.  


New businesses over the past few years include: Mossy BMW of Vista, Living Spaces, John Deere Water, Hyatt and Marriott hotels and soon to be constructed Honda dealership; generating funds that provide for fire and sheriff’s services, as well as other city services that keep the city operating.

  • Over 6,500 pothole repairs annually, 172 miles of sewer lines cleaned every three years, and graffiti removal within 48 hours of notification. The Paseo Santa Fe Phase I Improvements were completed in 2016 and Phase II is under construction. Vista has the emerging distinction as the micro brewery capital of North County. 
  • Over $14 million invested in road projects and other public works infrastructure over the past five years.
  • Initiated Strategic Collaboration efforts to bring prosperity to the North County region with cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, and San Marcos which resulted in Innovate 78 efforts.
  • Vista’s Business Park growth of over 900 local, national, and global companies employing over 24,000 people.
  • Increased emergency reserves to 29%.
  • Collaborating and using resources regionally with adjoining cities and Sheriff on gang suppression.
  • Homeless Master Plan was initiated with the goal of ending homelessness in the area.
  • Completion of major public improvement projects: 
    • Vista Civic Center constructed with one-stop customer service center.
    • Three new fire stations constructed (*remodel of Station No. 1).
    • Vista Sports Park built for youth and adult sports field programs and two new skate parks. 
    • State of the Art Moonlight Amphitheatre constructed.
  • General Plan and Zoning map updated.
  • Historic downtown area experienced revival with new businesses and tourism opportunities.
  • Vista was one of the first cities in San Diego County to require employees to contribute their full share (8%) towards their pension costs.
  • Vista established itself as a Charter City, saving Vista tax payers millions in city construction expenses.
  • 27-acre Vista Village downtown district established. 

Mayor's State of the City

 Regional / State Government Involvement

  • North County Mayors and Managers
  • SANDAG Board of Directors since 1998
  • SANDAG Transportation Committee, Alternate member
  • SANDAG Reginal Planning Committee past member)
  • Encina Wastewater Authority, Representative  
  • North County Transit District, Alternate  (chair two years)
  • League of California Cities (past member)
  • North County Regional Gang Task Force Committee  
  • Five City Mayor's Innovate 78 Partnership

Community Involvement  

  • Vista Chamber of Commerce
  • American Legion Auxiliary
  • Elks Club Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary
  • Vista Community Clinic Board of Trustees
  • North San Diego County Board of Realtors member
  • Vista Downtown Master Plan Committee
  • Solutions for Change Leadership Board
  • Alta Vista Gardens Member
  • Comerciantes Latinos Association Member
  • Community Development Association Member
  • Historical Society Member
  • Friends of the Library Member
  • Vista Village Business Association (one of founders and past member /chair)
  • Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors (past member)
  • Vista Rotary (past member)
  • Sunrise Kiwanis (past member)
  • Shadowridge Rotary (past member) 

High Priority Goals 

Mayor Ritter is dedicated to supporting public safety - Sheriff and Fire Services, enhancing Vista’s downtown business vitality, maintaining a successful Business Park, Paseo Santa Fe Project, attracting and maintaining Vista businesses and creating high paying jobs, working with Vista schools, and supporting programs benefitting older seniors and youth populations. 

Professional and Personal 

  • Mayor Ritter is currently a Realtor with Coldwell Banker. Before retiring, she owned and operated four fitness businesses in Vista (since 1977).
  • Lived in Vista community since 1973.
  • The Mayor has three grown daughters, Traci, Tori and Tera, who all graduated from Vista High School; two grandsons, Tanner and Riley, who both graduated from Ranch Buena Vista High School and two younger grandchildren, Viola and  Oliver.   


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