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June 20, 2019
Acosta joins District 4 City Council race
By Steve Puterski
CARLSBAD — A new candidate has emerged in the race for the District 4 seat on the Carlsbad City Council.
Maria Teresa Acosta, 40, announced her candidacy last week and joins Phil Urbina in the race for the new seat. So far, Acosta, who goes by Teresa, and Urbina are the only two candidates to announce their intentions for District 4; although the election is in November 2020 so more may come forward.
Councilman Keith Blackburn has also announced his re-election bid for District 2.
Acosta is an eight-year resident who said she wants to maintain the quality of life. She said issues specific to District 4 she is focused on are infrastructure, public safety, small business and the environment. These same issues are what Acosta said she will focus on citywide.
In addition, she said the La Costa area feels disconnected from the city and she wants to re-engage those residents with the rest of the city.
“I am confident I will be an excellent representative for District 4 and the city as a whole,” Acosta said. “Not only do I have the leadership skills and experience needed to be a highly effective council member, but I am in this for the right reason: to contribute in a positive way to the community I love.”
She also owns a business consulting firm, Acosta + Partners, which develops public-private partnerships across the state.
Acosta earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California and has a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University. Previously to her consulting work, Acosta worked at a software firm, the California League of Cities and the state senate.
She was a regional public affairs manager for the League of Cities and for seven years was a field representative and intern director for former state senator Jack Scott.
Acosta is also an active member in the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, chairing the Technology Advisory and co-chair of the Government Affairs committees. She is also a graduate of the Carlsbad Leadership Academy, HOPE Leadership Institute, Center for Creative Leadership Latina Leaders Program and San Diego County Water Authority Academy.
Acosta has also picked up endorsements from State Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath and Carlsbad Councilwoman Cori Schumacher.
District 2 and 4 are new seats as the city moved to district elections last year. Only the mayor is a citywide race.
Currently, Blackburn and Schumacher serve as at-large candidates. Blackburn lives in District 2, while Schumacher lives in District 1. The district map was created two years ago and establishes the boundaries for each of the four districts.
June 14, 2019
Teresa Acosta joins race for Carlsbad City Council District 4
Phil Urbina also campaigning for the seat in 2020
Carlsbad business owner Teresa Acosta announced June 12 that she is running for a seat on the City Council next year, the second non-incumbent in the race for District 4.
Acosta joins Phil Urbina, who launched his campaign April 28. The 2020 election will be the second for Carlsbad under a new district-based system of representation.
“I am passionate about living in Carlsbad and am running to put my experience, skills, and energies to work on the council to maintain our top-notch quality of life,” Acosta said in her announcement. “I will focus on key infrastructure issues, safe neighborhoods, environmental stewardship, and supporting our local small businesses.”
Acosta is president of business consulting firm Acosta + Partners. She is also listed as a strategic partner with Madaffer Enterprises, according to its website. The government affairs consulting firm is run by Jim Madaffer, current chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority and former publisher of the Seaside Courier as part of Mission Publishing Group. Acosta has also taught business communication courses at MiraCosta College.
Acosta has been active in Carlsbad community affairs. In her announcement, she cited several examples, from involvement on Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce committees, including winning Committee Member of the Year awards in 2017 and 2018, and serving on the board of directors for the nonprofit MAAC Project, to serving on The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Community Advisory Board and being a member of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation. Acosta is also a graduate of such programs as the Center for Creative Leadership Latina Leaders Program, Carlsbad Citizens Academy and San Diego County Water Authority Academy.
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June 12, 2019
TERESA ACOSTA ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CARLSBAD CITY COUNCIL
Local business owner touts passion, experience, leadership for District 4
Carlsbad, CA – Community leader and local small business owner Teresa Acosta has filed candidate paperwork for the open District 4 city council position. The election will be held on November 3, 2020.
“I am passionate about living in Carlsbad and am running to put my experience, skills, and energies to work on the council to maintain our top-notch quality of life,” Teresa said. “I will focus on key infrastructure issues, safe neighborhoods, environmental stewardship, and supporting our local small businesses.”
California State Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath and current Carlsbad Councilmembers Priya Bhat-Batel and Cori Schumacher are among those who support Teresa.
Teresa is President of her own business consulting firm, Acosta + Partners, dedicated to building innovative public-private partnerships across the state. Her career reflects strengths in strategic planning, communications, and negotiations. Raised in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Teresa earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Before entering consulting in 2011, Teresa worked for a software firm, the League of California Cities, and the California State Senate. From 2012 to 2015, while consulting, she also taught Business Communication courses part time at MiraCosta College.
Teresa understands the importance of collaboration and community engagement to move the city forward. Throughout the years, she has chosen to work with and volunteer for businesses and organizations that invest in relationships and partnerships.
According to Carlsbad resident and supporter Sandy Mas-Fernandez, “Teresa is successful because she cares about bringing people together and listening to their diverse points of view. Her collaboration and negotiation skills will be a valuable asset to the Carlsbad City Council.”
Teresa is an active community leader. In 2017 and 2018 she won Committee Member of the Year awards from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. She is currently Chair of the Chamber’s Technology Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee. Since 2013, Teresa has served on the board of directors for the non-profit affordable housing and Head Start provider MAAC Project, where she Chairs the Audit Committee. Since 2015, she has served on the board of directors for the non-profit good governance organization Institute for Local Government, where she Chairs the Advancement Committee. She has been a member of MANA de San Diego since 2013, and on the San Diego Union Tribune Community Advisory Board since 2017. She walks local lagoon nature trails and has been a supporter of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation for several years. She was a National Charity League member from 2012 to 2017. Teresa is a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership Latina Leaders Program, the Carlsbad Citizens Academy, and the San Diego County Water Authority Academy.
Teresa Acosta lives in Carlsbad’s District 4. As a single mother, she raised her daughter in Pasadena before moving to Carlsbad to be near family. A graduate of Sage Creek High School’s first class, her daughter is now majoring in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
Learn more about Teresa Acosta and her Carlsbad City Council campaign by visiting www.teresaacosta.org.
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