Randy was born and raised in Southern California and has lived in San Marcos for almost 20 years. He is married to Kristen, and has two sons, Redmond (20) and Ryan (17), both educated in San Marcos Unified School District. For the last 15 years, he has spent considerable time taking on local causes that he believes are important and that improve our quality of life here in San Marcos.
For the last 10 years, Randy has served on the Governing Board of San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) and has witnessed dramatic growth in the district, both in student population and in academic gains. SMUSD now routinely sends students to the finest colleges in the country, and has among the highest graduation rates, and lowest dropout rates of any district in the county. Today, SMUSD is considered one of the finest public school districts in the State of California.
The goal of Randy’s first school board campaign was to rebuild San Marcos High School. Once elected, he led the Proposition K school bond campaign and was actively involved in the oversight of the planning and construction of the high school (his office was the campaign headquarters). Indeed, in Randy's time on the school board, ten schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, and two schools became California Gold Ribbon Schools. San Marcos High School and San Marcos Elementary schools were rebuilt, and the district is in the process of modernizing several other campuses.
Randy is also a founder of The San Marcos Promise and the Valley of Discovery Education Foundation, two non-profits whose mission has been to create pathways to college and career for San Marcos students. The San Marcos Promise is especially important to Randy, as it continues to develop and to improve the lives of San Marcos youth. He remains an active member of its board.
Prior to his involvement in local education, Randy was appointed by the San Marcos City Council to help draft the city’s Ridgeline Protection Ordinance, a law designed to prevent damaging development to the city’s beautiful primary and secondary ridgelines. He
was also a leader in savesanmarcos.org, a group of local residents who challenged the city’s approval of a second Wal Mart store on Rancho Santa Fe Road and won.
Randy received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a law degree from California Western School of Law, and for 13 years has operated Walton Law Firm in San Marcos. He is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership North County.
In his free time, Randy enjoys hiking the local trails, reading, listening to live music, and enjoying our local craft beers. He is also an avid surfer and currently coaches the surf team at San Marcos High School (Go Knights!). In addition to his law practice, he and his wife, Kristen, are also the proprietors of Walton Lemon Farm, a five-acre grove that produces certified organic lemons.