Antonio Martinez

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Antonio Martinez received a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a community representative for Congressman Juan Vargas and serves as the President of the San Ysidro School District. Martinez previously served as a member of the San Ysidro Planning Group and the San Ysidro Recreation Council [7]. He worked as a Director for the Nestor Community Clinic for 10 years and volunteers with Hearts and Hands Working Together, a social services provider [1].

Key Issues

Budget

Martinez supports implementing a tax on the sale or transfer of property in excess of $5 million to fund infrastructure repair [5].

Homelessness

Martinez wants to increase affordable and transitional housing, transitional shelters, transit-oriented development, and wraparound social services for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness [5].

Education

Martinez wants to provide high-quality afterschool programs, targeted funding for at-risk populations, and establish partnerships with school districts [7].

Transportation

Martinez supports transitioning to electric buses and providing free public transit fares for students. He wants to install bus stop covers on main transit routes [1].

Environment

Martinez wants to clean the Tijuana River Valley, reduce air pollution, and implement community cleanups for neighborhoods and commercial districts [1]. He supports San Diego’s Climate Action Plan and wants to work with community organizations to reduce carbon emissions [5].

Housing

Martinez wants to increase affordable housing development and streamline the process of home development approval to increase housing inventory. He wants to incentivize home ownership by expanding the San Diego Housing Commission’s First-time Homebuyer Program [5].

Public Safety

Martinez supports increasing funding and improving training for first responders and homeless outreach teams. He wants to increase community policing and improve response times [5].

Infrastructure

Martinez wants to establish an Infrastructure Maintenance Plan, repair streets, sidewalks, and sewer systems, and create more parks and open spaces [1]. He supports repairing San Diego’s storm drain system to address beach and ocean pollution [5].

Endorsements

Irene Lopez, San Ysidro School Board Trustee; Gregg Robinson, San Diego County Board of Education; Juan Vargas, Congress member CA 51st; Griselda Delgado, Southwestern Community College Trustee; San Ysidro CSEA Chapter 154; Luz Palomino, Sherman Heights Community Leader; Alicia Jimenez, San Ysidro Community Leader; Jennifer Mendoza, Lemon Grove Council member; Jose Rodriguez, National City Vice Mayor; Guadalupe Gonzalez, SDCOE President; Matthew Leyba-Gonzalez, Imperial Beach Council member; Communications Workers of America Local 9509; San Ysidro Education Association

Sources

1 Campaign Website
2 Ballotpedia
3 Facebook
4 Twitter
5 San Diego Union Tribune
6 NBC San Diego
7 Voter’s Edge
8 KPBS