Armando Telles is a first-generation Mexican American who has been a resident of San Diego County in the North County region since 2004. Eldest of nine siblings, he is also a single father.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Armando completed grades K-6 in Los Angeles County before he and his family moved to Northern California where he graduated high school at Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, in South Sacramento. Following high school graduation, he trained as a wild land fire fighter for the former California Department of Forestry (now known as CalFire) before relocating back to Southern California. One year after arriving in San Diego County, Armando enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and began boot camp in February 2000. Completing boot camp at MCRD-San Diego, he was granted assignment on the East Coast; to Virginia, then North Carolina for training, then was stationed at and deployed from Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, on the 24th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) in 2001.
Following his service in our U.S. Armed Forces and training as an EMT in North Carolina, Armando Telles has made North County San Diego his primary home since 2004.
**indicates more than 1 year served in designated position
*served on the School Site Council for Rock Springs Elementary School
*served on the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee for Escondido Unified School District
**served as a Compliance Monitor for Youth Court with Escondido Education COMPACT Youth Violence/Drug Prevention & Intervention Program
**served as an appointed and elected Delegate for AD75 San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee
**served as the (Co-)Founder & elected President of the Veterans Democratic Club of San Diego County
**served as elected Vice Chair for Region X- San Diego County of the Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party
*served as a Student Senator for the Palomar College Associated Student Government
*served as the (Inaugural) Chairman for the Mission 2B Clean & Green Campaign at Palomar College
*served as Vice President of Leadership for the Alpha Omega Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Palomar College
**served as Coordinator for National Voter Registration Day
*served as Chapter Secretary for the American G.I. Forum- Oceanside Chapter
**served as a Precinct & Touch Screen Inspector on Election Day for the San Diego County Registrar of Voters
*hosted display of Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients for the Vietnam Memorial Wall traveling replica, 'The Wall That Heals'
*served as Political Director for Ironworkers Local 229
*served as State Secretary for the American G.I. Forum of California Chapter
*served as Secretary for the Veterans Caucus of the California Democratic Party
*submitted oral testimony to the United States Department of Education hearing at the University of California- San Francisco campus regarding Title IV Federal Student Aid to address challenges faced by returning veterans' as college students
*coordinated a Youth Conference for the American G.I. Forum National Conference, in Texas
*managed the voter engagement strategies for 1- County Board of Supervisors campaign, 2- State Senate campaigns , and 1- City Council district campaign in Orange County
*served as an ally at the Standing Rock Resistance Camps
*supported the community gardens on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by harvesting and distributing fruits and vegetables for tribal members
*protested Trump's visit at the Mandan Refinery in North Dakota
*provided oral testimony to United Nations Commission in support of Native American and Indigenous land and water rights
*marched in the All Indigenous March in Washington, D.C. in support of Native American & Indigenous rights'
*collaborated with Retreet in Texas- an organization providing communities disaster relief through community-based volunteerism to replant trees to areas devastated by natural disasters