Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2011 10:15:55 PM PDT

Colton Mayor Sarah S. Zamora took her new office last week with loads of goodwill from a supportive city.

That was clear when Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, called her swearing-in ceremony as mayor a “historical moment.”

He couldn’t remember another time when a wife succeeded her husband in the city’s top elected post.

It wasn’t the way Zamora wanted it. Her husband, David, the former mayor, died on July 14, of an apparent heart attack.

With a gaping hole at the city’s top leadership level, however, Baca said it was the late mayor’s wife – who had served as a city councilwoman from 2000 to 2004 – that would bring the qualities that made her husband a respected leader.

As she settled in, she took time to answer some questions from the Sun.

QUESTION: In selecting you as mayor, the City Council said a major reason was that you share the same vision for the city as your husband, who died in office in July. What do you see as the most important components of that vision? In what ways does your approach to the job differ from your husband’s?

ANSWER: David and I are both advocates for transparency in government. Colton residents can be confident that I will represent them when making responsible decisions in an open process without hidden agendas. He was, and I will be, a team player who encourages respect & professionalism. He was, as well as I am, a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility and conservative spending. My approach will be similar however; since I am a different person, there will be a difference in the style.

Q: What do you think are the biggest challenges and biggest opportunities facing Colton? How do you plan to face them?

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