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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 8

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Antonio Martinez

School Boardmember/Healthcare Educator
14,401 votes (43%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fight for our community’s fair share for road repair, clean streets, more parks.
  • Help struggling families by keeping clinics open and protecting healthcare.
  • Invest in after-school programs and more community policing for safer neighborhoods.



Profession:School Boardmember / Healthcare Counselor
Healthcare Educator, Nestor Community Health Center (2008–current)
Boardmember, San Ysidro School District — Elected position (2016–current)
Boardmember, San Ysidro School District — Elected position (2012–2016)


University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts, Graduated with honors with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics (2008)

Community Activities

Member, San Diego Police Department’s Hiring Advisory Board (2014–current)
Member, Educate For The Future (2014–current)
Member, Friends of the San Ysidro Library (2016–current)
Member, San Ysidro Community Planning Group (2012–current)
Member, Imperial Beach Hunger Coalition (2014–2016)


We deserve better from City Hall.  I’m running for City Council to fight for the basics our neighborhoods deserve and help struggling families.


Born and raised in San Ysidro, I couldn’t be prouder to call District 8 home.  Yet, like so many of us, I’ve had it with City Hall ignoring our community.


I’ll fight every day to build a city government that’s on our side, serves our neighborhoods, and helps our community reach its full potential.

At the Nestor Community Clinic, I help deliver healthcare to thousands of local families in need.  


As a School Board Member, I work with parents and teachers to build a brighter future for our kids.  And I’ve taken on tough fights. I stood up to downtown politicians to fight for our fair share of school funding - and won.  I took crooked contractors to court to refund taxpayer dollars.


I understand our community’s struggles - because I’ve lived them.  I was raised by my grandparents. The first in my family to go to college, I went to community college and then earned a scholarship to four year university.


I’m proud to be endorsed by Teachers, Firefighters and Congressman Juan Vargas, among so many more trusted leaders.


If you’re fed up with City Hall neglecting our neighborhoods, join me.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • San Ysidro Teachers Association
  • Congressman Juan Vargas

Organizations (4)

  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
  • San Diego Police Officers Association
  • San Diego City Fire Fighters

Elected Officials (4)

  • Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Padilla
  • San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward
  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
  • State Senator Ben Hueso

Questions & Answers

Questions from KPBS and the League of Women Voters of San Diego (5)

Should the Community Review Board on Police Practices be given subpoena power when reviewing allegations of officer misconduct? Why or why not?    
Answer from Antonio Martinez:

We must strengthen the bonds between community and law enforcement so that we can build safer neighborhoods in all of San Diego.  That means stronger oversight, more transparency and more public involvement in public safety decisions. We need more understanding on all sides and more community police officers who actually get to know the neighborhoods they patrol.  

In 2016, San Diego voters took a positive step forward by approving a measure to expand police oversight with mandatory reviews of all uses of lethal force and a stronger Community Review Board.  I’d like to see how those changes are working before we propose new ones.

Should the city eliminate minimum parking requirements for new housing near public transit? Why or why not?
Answer from Antonio Martinez:

We need to look at every option to expand affordable housing.  San Diego housing costs are skyrocketing and new housing construction isn’t keeping pace.  Eliminating red tape so we can more quickly and efficiently build housing for working folks is critical.

Would you support a tax increase that would fund housing and services to the homeless? Why or why not?
Answer from Antonio Martinez:

Yes.  I support the plan to increase the tourist tax to repair 160 miles of city streets annually and fund emergency services to get homeless women, children and veterans off the street and into treatment and stable homes.  We must address the homeless crisis.  People are hurting.  Neighborhoods are being threatened.  It’s a crisis and we must act.

Do you support increasing housing density in your council district? Why or why not?
Answer from Antonio Martinez:

Yes!  We need to expand affordable housing for working families who are struggling.

Do you support either of the plans on the November ballot that would sell the Mission Valley stadium site? Why or why not?
Answer from Antonio Martinez:

I’m glad San Diego voters didn’t fall for the Chargers’ scheme and use taxpayer money to fund their stadium.  With the Chargers gone we have a unique opportunity in Mission Valley, but we have to get it right. Rather then dueling ballot initiatives written in back rooms by special interests, I’d like to see a proposal for the Qualcomm site that is debated and discussed in public and where the people get to decide Mission Valley’s future.

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