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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of San MarcosCandidate for Council Member, District 1

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Maria Nuñez

Attorney
1,881 votes (42%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate for quality and affordable housing.
  • Address community safety and infrastructure needs.
  • Promote economic prosperity.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Lawyer
Shareholder and Founder, Nuñez Law Corporation, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Business Formation Practice (2008–current)
President, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association — Elected position (2017–2018)

Education

California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA Juris Doctor (2004)
California State University San Marcos Bachelors of Arts (BA), English (1995)

Community Activities

Advisor, Universidad Popular California (2012–2018)

Biography

Maria Nuñez was born on January 25, 1973, in a tiny village called el Rancho de Guadalupe, Municipio de Villa Morelos, in the State of Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, without electricity and running water. Maria is the fourth of six daughters, raised by her single mother. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Maria’s father began traveling to the United States looking for work and eventually stopped returning to Mexico in the late 1970s. With little to no resources, in 1981, when Maria was eight years old, her mother made the momentous decision to leave their home and come to the United States. Maria’s mother and young sisters left everything they had and everyone they knew in Mexico. They embarked on the perilous journey north to the United States due to the inherent dangers of a woman traveling alone with six small children and the almost certain precarious future in a foreign land. Maria and her family arrived in San Marcos in 1981. Far removed from el Rancho de Guadalupe, Maria and her family made San Marcos their new home. Although Maria’s mother never had the opportunity to go to school, education became a priority in the household, as she demanded Maria and her sisters receive an education. Maria’s hard-working mother spent over twelve hour days for many years working in factories to support the family. Maria and her family became lawful residents under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and later became a naturalized citizen. Maria became the proud homeowner of her San Marcos home in 1996 at the age of twenty three.

Maria attended Alvin Dunn, San Marcos Elementary, San Marcos Middle School (formerly Junior High), and went on to graduate from San Marcos high school in 1991. Maria completed two years of Palomar College and transferred to Cal State San Marcos. Maria graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a bachelor degree in English in 1995. Maria commenced law school at California Western School of Law in August of 2001, as a part-time student and transferred to full-time after completing her first year and proceeded to graduate with her Juris Doctor in 2004. Maria became a member of the California Bar in June 2005. Maria has been an attorney for over fourteen years, the vast majority of which has been in private practice helping individuals and small businesses file bankruptcy and litigate disputes serving as plaintiff and defense counsel. For Maria, being an attorney is not just a job, or what she does, it is a big part of who Maria is. Maria strongly believes in our legal system, the privilege of being part of the noble profession, and both the opportunity and responsibility to use the special gift of being a lawyer for service and to try to move this world a little closer toward justice.

Maria began working at the age of fourteen to help support her family and has worked ever since. However, even as a student, Maria volunteered in scholastic extracurricular activities and volunteered in her community by serving in legal and non-legal organizations in various roles. Maria has served on the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association executive board, as secretary for three years, as vice-president for two years, and currently as president. In addition to her service on the executive board of San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association for over ten years, Maria actively contributes to the community by serving on boards such as MANA de San Diego North County, a non-profit Latina mentorship organization, and advising Universidad Popular of San Diego County. Maria holds community involvement vital to her personal and professional development. As a small business owner and community advocate, Maria brings over two decades of experience in service and leadership to the City of San Marcos. 

Let’s build power together in the heart of San Marcos!

Visit us at www.marianunez.org

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest

Elected Officials (1)

  • Chris Orlando

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I wholeheartedly support the Constitution of the United States and the rights of individuals under our Bill of Rights. My most fundamental political philosophy is that every person has an important voice in our democratic system. As a representative democracy, I believe that elected leaders have the responsibility to listen to their constituents and to represent their voices in decision-making processes. I also believe in the importance of upholding civil rights protections, in particular voting rights.

The City of San Marcos District 1 is comprised of the most economically challenged individuals in the entire City. District 1 is comprised of a population of about 20,000 and about 17,000 are Latinos. District 1 also has the least amount of individuals who vote and have very little engagement with their government. There is very little voter and civic participation. My primary goal is to help District 1 families become civically engaged and participate in local decision-making. I want to be able to connect these un-represented individuals to their local government.

I believe in the power of democracy and every voice counts.

Videos (1)

— November 1, 2018 Chamber of Commerce

The video of the San Marcos Candidate Forum provides an overview of the candidate qualifications, economic development and housing. 

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