Headshot of Shirley Nakawatase from the chest up in a blue blazer. She is laughing.

Hello, I'm Shirley!

As a 50+ year resident and business owner in Imperial Beach. I’ve lived in Imperial Beach, worked in Imperial Beach and raised my family in Imperial Beach. Now I want to help lead Imperial Beach to be its brightest and best. I hope you will join me as we move into our future together. My overall campaign focus is improving the lives of Imperial Beach residents, through the improvement of our infrastructure, public safety, and economic development. Coming together we can achieve new goals that will give us the city we truly deserve. I look forward to representing every part of Imperial Beach and coming together as neighbors.


One thing we all pay for, and we all use, is the infrastructure within our city. It’s time we, as a community, take control of our physical environment again. Imperial Beach needs to maintain its public infrastructure to support the population without straining the resources we have, to do it. Can we rearrange, expand, reshuffle to handle needed increased capacity? If we can, the city can continue to provide sufficient services without increased financial burden.

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My goal as your representative is to ensure that our community can live in balance with the environment in addition to developing a healthy and supportive public safety organization. Our utmost goal should be safeguarding public health, well-being, and prosperity throughout our city. We’ll identify and reserve sites for future public safety services, look at adding a local ambulance service back into our community, and work to build a partnership between policing agencies and our constituents.

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We have one of the most beautiful beaches in California just steps away from our homes. We have businesses and activities that attract vast numbers of visitors to our community every day. Let us find real, workable solutions to how we can handle the increased traffic so everyone can enjoy what our city has to offer. In the end, we can ALL enjoy the variety and opportunity that our city has to offer. Let us look for ways to incentivize new retail and service spaces to increase shopping options- including the types of local boutique businesses that serve locals and attract visitors. Our goal is to diversify our local economy here in Imperial Beach.

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Your donation is an investment to not only Shirley but an investment to Imperial Beach’s future. Please consider donating to help fund the necessary campaign resources needed to win the race.

Shirley Nakawatase holds a large red shoe up to her face and is wearing a bright yellow kiwanis shirt while posing with a friend for a selfie.


If you have some time, we have something you can do to support Shirley in her bid to become mayor. Whether it’s stuffing envelopes, manning phones, walking your neighborhood, or just chatting with your neighbors, no amount of effort is too small.

From the Right- Cheryl Cox, Shirley Nakawatase, Greg Cox, and another woman stand together smiling.


If you or your organization believes Shirley is the best choice for Imperial Beach, please take the time to put your name behind her to show your support. Your endorsement will be instrumental in helping to get the word out and to encourage others to get involved as well.

Below are some of the folks who have endorsed Shirley for Imperial Beach’s next Mayor.

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Brian Bilbray

Former County Supervisor, Greg Cox

California Republican Party

Mason’s Auto

Mitch McKay

Michael Williams

Paul Spear

Charles Childers

Gary Trieschman

Mark Piper

Dane Crosby

Leon J Mezzeti

Chris Spade

Nancy W Dayton

Ellie Ledbetter Lafferty

Richard Smith

William Rhodes

Former Imperial Beach Mayor, Jim Janney

Southern California Rental Housing Association 

Kurt Nelson, Orca Maritime, Inc. 

Dr. Jagpal Deo

Jeffrey Brown DDS

Gaidi Finnie

Christine Harlin

Tim Keeton 

Will Nimmo

Michel Anderson

Brian Morris

Christopher Mattis

Juliet Arboleda Beesley

Tom Schaaf

Benjamin Treadwell

Cynthia McGowan

Former Chula Vista Mayor, Cheryl Cox

San Diego Republican Party

South Bay Urgent Care

Steve Johnson

Mike Hoffman

Bridget Cartier

Oscar Alvarez

Kit Wingate

Carol Seabury

Judy Sisson

Olen Golden

Carol Seabury

Gary Morishita

Ralph Huskey

David Nearing

Julie Burkhart