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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de San MarcosCandidato para Alcalde

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Chris Orlando

Council Member/Businessman
12,284 votos (38.7%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Take a common-sense, incremental approach to new development – I have voted against projects that add traffic to our roads and increase crowding in our classrooms and will continue to ask hard questions about new development.
  • Reduce traffic congestion – I voted for and consistently supported a congestion management program that requires developers of large projects to offset their traffic impacts by supporting transportation options.
  • Protect our parks, trails and open space – I supported and helped pass our Ridgeline Protection Ordinance and have been a strong voice for our parks. I will continue that support as Mayor.



Profesión:Co-founder of a financial technology company
Co-founder and Chief of Staff, Fit Pay, Inc. (2014–current)
Council Member, San Marcos City Council — Cargo elegido (2006–current)
Board Member, San Diego Association of Governments — Cargo designado (2010–2015)
Board Member (Chair 2010-2012), North County Transit District — Cargo designado (2007–2012)


George Washington University, Washington, DC Master of Business Administration, International Business (1998)
University of California, Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (1992)


San Marcos City Council Member Chris Orlando is currently running for Mayor of San Marcos. Orlando has served nearly 12 years (three terms) on the San Marcos City Council, where he’s worked hard to control development, solve traffic problems, and support fire and public safety personnel, all while keeping the city’s budget balanced and finances strong. 


Orlando has been an active part of the San Marcos community for 16 years. Prior to his election, he was vice chair of the San Marcos Planning Commission, serving from January 2005 to December 2006. He has also served on the board of directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Youth and Community Services. 


In his time on the Council, Orlando has been a leader in advocating for parks, and protecting San Marcos’ ridgelines and open space. He was the lone vote against three recent projects that will negatively impact San Marcos schools, add traffic congestion and hurt important environmental assets - all without bringing new infrastructure. 


Orlando is an advocate for transit. He served six years on the board of NCTD, two years as chair, and six years at SANDAG. In San Marcos, he helped pass a congestion management measure that makes developers contribute to a fund that supports transportation options – it’s the only measure like it in the County. 


Above all else, he has taken a resident-first approach to every decision. His priority is putting what’s best for San Marcos and its residents before everything else.


Orlando stood with residents who opposed the Santa Fe Hills Highlands development and the Brookfield MU4 project on Twin Oaks Valley Road. He was the only councilmember to vote against these harmful new developments that will add to traffic congestion and make school overcrowding worse. 


Orlando was the first to raise the school capacity issue at City Council and has been a leader in urging the city to work collaboratively with the school district to address the problem.


Orlando’s candidacy is about the future of San Marcos - preserving the neighborhoods residents love and improving their quality of life. San Marcos is a thriving community with world-class neighborhoods, parks, trails and amenities - a place anyone would want to raise a family, retire or go to school. Orlando is running for Mayor to preserve and protect what’s great about our City, while working to make it even better.  

Orlando also has professional experience outside of politics in corporate communications and technology. He currently works for a financial technology start-up that he co-founded. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA in international business from George Washington University. He lives in San Marcos with his wife Jenny and his two sons, who both attended San Marcos High School, one who is currently a junior and one who graduated in June and is currently attending UCLA.  

Videos (5)

— October 2, 2018 Candidate

The Newland Sierra project is now the subject of a petition drive. Here’s what happened last June when I tried to get a briefing at City Council about the project’s impacts on San Marcos. Watch the full 10-minute exchange at

— October 2, 2018 Candidate

As I go door-to-door for the campaign, I hear a lot of concerns about classroom overcrowding. Here are a few numbers that provide some context about school capacity issues in San Marcos.

— October 2, 2018 Candidate

Our schools are one of our city’s greatest assets. We need to protect them. Mitigating the impact of new development on our schools is something I’ve advocated for during the last several years and will continue to fight for as Mayor.

— October 2, 2018 Candidate

Construction has started on the Brookfield MU4 project off Twin Oaks Valley Road. I was the only Councilmember to listen to the concerns of residents and oppose the development. Here’s what I said when I voted against the project.

— October 2, 2018 Candidate

Construction has started on the Brookfield MU4 project off Twin Oaks Valley Road. I was the only Councilmember to listen to the concerns of residents and oppose the development. Here’s what I said when I voted against the project.

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