Hal Martin

for Vallecitos Water District



Division 5: Dir. Hal Martin
First Elected: 2012
Current Term Expires: 2020

During the eight years of elected service to the Vallecitos Water Board, Hal has or is serving on the following: President (2 terms), V.P. (two terms), Finance & Investment Committee (Chair), Legal & Legislative (Chair), Public Awareness (Chair), ACWA Energy Committee, ACWA Membership Committee, ACWA Region 10 Board, ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Board Member Encina Wastewater Authority.

Previously, he was elected to the San Marcos City council for four terms and a total of 16 years from 1996 to 2012, including 6 years as Vice-Mayor, when he was termed out. He represented the city council on the League of California Cities and served on the statewide environmental board for the League from 1996 to 1998. He served on the City’s Planning Commission from 1991 to 1996 and was on the Board of Directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce for three years. Additionally, Mr. Martin served as a boardmember for the North County Transit District, North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority and San Diego County Association of Governments (SANDAG). In the past, he has been quite active with SANDAG as a Board member, having served on the Transportation Subcommitee, Borders Committee and the Regional Prosperity Committee. He was also appointed by SANDAG in the past to the Joint Agency Negotiation team on Consolidation, the Joint Airport Advisory Committee and the Source Point Board.

Mr. Martin has been active with the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club for more than 30 years. He spent two of those years as the club’s president and chairman.

He is a professional photographer and has owned Focus on U Wedding Photography in San Marcos since 1990. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce named him Business Person of the Year in 1996.

Mr. Martin lives in San Marcos where he has resided for the past 35 years.

Election History
Elected to Board of Directors, Vallecitos Water District, 2012-2016
Re-elected 2016-2020
Elected to City Council, 1996-2000
Re-Elected to City Council, 2000-2004
Re-Elected to City Council, 2004-2008
Re-Elected to City Council, 2008-2012
San Marcos Planning Commission, 1993-1996

Current Vallecitos Water District appointments

Encina Wastewater Authority Board
Finance Committee (Chair)
ACWWA Membership Committee
ACWWA Joint Powers


Ballot Statement

Under Hal’s leadership as a former City Councilmember, San Marcos has earned a reputation as one of the region’s best-managed and financially stable City governments. He’s kept taxes low, fostered healthy business climates, created the University District, and was instrumental in creating San Elijo Hills.

Over the past 8 years Hal’s careful and experienced leadership has brought the water district into the 21st century. Hal has established total transparency at the water district while protecting rate-payers interests.

Hal has served as President and Vice-President of the Vallecitos Water District Board and currently chairs the Finance and Investment Committee as well as the Legal and Legislative Committee. He was also elected by his peers to 3 state-wide water committees, energy, membership and as a JPIA delegate.

Hal has brought common sense, business experience, and a record for protecting rate payers and citizens with a strong, ethical approach for responsibly managing public funds. 

Hal Martin would be honored to continue working as your representative for Division No. 5 of the Vallecitos Water District. Hal would also love to hear your input. Please feel free to contact him with any questions or ideas. 760-310-4517.

I would appreciate your vote! Thank you!


Promises Made Promises Delivered

In the past 8 years Vallecitos Water District has:


Obtained fiscal stability

Recycled up to 70% of district's waste water

Up to 27% of our water is now desalinated

Reduced pension obligation

Paid down bond debts

All board meetings now televised

In 8 years Vallecitos has received FIVE statewide TRANSPARENCY AWARDS!

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What They’re Saying


“Hal has my full endorsement. Hal is a fiscal conservative with a well earned reputation for protecting ratepayers, and has a 28 year proven track record of doing just that.”

Jim Desmond
San Diego County Board of Supervisors

“Over the past 8 years, Hal has brought Transparency and accountability to the water agency. Hal always looks after the Ratepayer first.”

Rebecca Jones
Mayor City of San Marcos

Hal really cares for our community. Protecting all rate payers and keeping Vallecitos Water on the right pathway.”

Jo MacKenzie
VID Board Member
Long Time Resident

“After 28 years of service to the community, Hal has brought his Planning Commission and City Council, reputation of honesty, integrity and total transparency to the water board, providing us with great service at responsible rates.”

Kristal Jabara
Former San Marcos Councilwoman

Hal is an excellent public servant dedicated to his constituents and community.”

Juanita C. Hayes

Small Business Owner
Lake San Marcos Resident Former CEO San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

“Over the years I have known Hal, he has been a rock solid supporter of the entire community. We have worked diligently to keep the districts rates low, while supplying great service.”

Mike Sannella
President Elect, Vallecitos Water District

Show Your Support

It takes tremendous community support to achieve political goals, and volunteers are at the very heart of our mission. Whether you want to help plan the next event, or would simply like to make a monetary contribution to Hal Martin and his political efforts, get in touch today and see how you can start working towards a better tomorrow for all of us.




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