Chris Orlando for Mayor of San Marcos


San Marcos is an amazing city - home to some of the best parks, schools and communities in Southern California. 

During my nearly 12 years on the City Council I've worked hard to add new parks, maintain a high level of public safety, strengthen city roads and infrastructure, and most important, to keep San Marcos on solid financial footing with a balanced budget and strong reserves. 

As great as I believe San Marcos is, I also know we face challenges from increasing traffic congestion, crowding in our schools, and pressures on our infrastructure. These are problems that must be addressed or we risk losing what makes San Marcos special. We need leadership that is willing to make the tough decisions and to put the quality of life of San Marcos residents above everything else. That's why I'm running for Mayor. 

When I was first elected to City Council in 2006, my goal was to be a strong voice for the residents of San Marcos. In my time on City Council, I’ve tried to do exactly that – standing up when I thought residents’ voices were not being heard. I am running for Mayor to continue what has made San Marcos strong, while working hard to solve the problems that impact our quality of life.

I will take a resident-first perspective and do everything I can to make San Marcos an even better place to live.  

Between now and the November 2018 election, I’ll be actively seeking the support of San Marcos residents. Please join me. Together, we can keep San Marcos a thriving city for families, seniors, and students.

Thank you for your support!


I would love to hear from you! Contact me at or (760) 468-7273

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    A Fish Tale

    A fish Tale. A friend of my son’s sent me this picture about seven years ago. The fish was caught in South Lake, which is just west of Twin Oaks Valley Road below Double Peak Park. I asked him to send it to me because I wanted to forward it to the City Manager. My plea to the City Manager? Let’s get South Lake open and let kids fish! I, um, “redacted” the face in the picture because fishing in South Lake is currently illegal and violators could face up to a $1,000 fine.

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    Anaheim Packing District Developer to Create ‘Area of the Arts’ in San Marcos

    Council Approves Initial Agreement to Sell Land Near the 78

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