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San Marcos Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee

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Randy Walton

17,999 votes (20.97%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Always promote academic excellence; be a voice for parents
  • Maintain fiscal prudence
  • Retain well-trained and motivated teachers



Profession:Attorney at Law
Attorney at Law, Walton Law Firm (2005–current)
Governing Board Member, San Marcos Unified School District — Elected position (2008–current)


UC San Diego BA (1989)


Randy has served on the Governing Board of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) for eight years, and has witnessed dramatic academic gains in the district. SMUSD now routinely sends students to the finest colleges in the country, and has among the highest graduation rates, and lowest dropout rates of any district in the county. Today, SMUSD is considered one of the finest public school districts in the State of California.

In Randy's time on the board, nine schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, and two schools became California Gold Ribbon Schools. San Marcos High School and San Marcos Elementary schools were rebuilt, and the district is in the process of modernizing several other campuses. Also, the San Marcos Promise continues to develop. Randy believes strongly in the Promise, which works to provides students clearly articulated post-high school pathways to college or career.

If re-elected, Randy’s priorities will remain the same: to promote academic excellence; be a voice for parents; maintain fiscal prudence; retain well-trained and motivated teachers; produce good students and good citizens; and support programs that give all students the opportunity to succeed.

Community involvement has always been important to Randy. In addition to serving on the board, he was a founding member of The San Marcos Promise and the Valley of Discovery Education Foundation, non-profit organizations dedicated to the students of SMUSD. He was also appointed to by the San Marcos City Council to its Ridgeline Task Force, a committee of local citizens who drafted a law to preserve the remaining ridgelines of San Marcos.

Randy also instrumental in the acquisition of a $6 million grant from the Leichtag Family Foundation, used to help fund PACE Promise, a program that guarantees admission to CSUSM and tuition assistance. He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership North County.  For many years, he served on the board of directors of San Marcos Youth Baseball for a number of years. He currently coaches the San Marcos High surf team.

Randy lives in San Marcos, and is married with two children, both educated in SMUSD.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a law degree from California Western School of Law.  He is the principal of Walton Law Firm, based in San Marcos.

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