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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 15

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David J. Canepa

San Mateo County Supervisor
86,797 votes (44.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • improving health care costs and accessibility
  • providing free community college to every student in the nation
  • tackling climate change and particularly sea level rise as San Mateo County is at great risk of future flooding



Profession:San Mateo County Supervisor (District 5)
Supervisor of District 5, San Mateo County (2017–current)
San Mateo County Supervisor of District 5, County of San Mateo — Appointed position (2017–current)
Councilmember, Daly City Council — Elected position (2008–2016)
Mayor, City of Daly City — Elected position (2014–2014)


University of San Francisco Bachelors Degree, Politics (1997)

Community Activities

Board Commissioner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (2021–current)


I am currently Supervisor of District 5 in San Mateo County. I serve as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a director on the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG), the Vice Chair of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and as a Director on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District representing 20 cities. I also serve on boards such as the Health Plan of San Mateo, San Mateo County Medical Center, the Commission on Aging, Community Corrections Partnership, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments.


I previously served on the Daly City Council from 2008 through 2016 and I also served as Mayor in 2014. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Politics and graduated from Skyline College in San Bruno before that. I graduated high school from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco. I served as a legislative aide in the California State Assembly prior to running for the Daly City Council.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from David J. Canepa:

I support the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions and significantly alters this country’s reliance on fossil fuels into a focus on growing clean energy, building high-speed rail systems, and lessening our carbon footprint.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from David J. Canepa:

 I oppose measures to expand the role of local police to enforce federal immigration policy. 


I also support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals as they are vital to our economy and the very fabric of our communities. We must keep our promise to DREAMers and provide health care, social services and resources to our farmworkers. I am proud to say our Sheriff’s Office in San Mateo County, at my urging, has agreed not to provide notifications to ICE and that children and families from other countries seeking to come to the United States should never be treated as criminals.


As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?
Answer from David J. Canepa:

I strongly hold the value of fighting for equity. I have fought hard on the Board of Supervisors and Daly City Council when I served to keep Seton Medical Center from going into bankruptcy, which the community has accomplished. Seton serves the most vulnerable residents in north San Mateo County, including the elderly and the area’s large population of Filipinx, Chinese and Latinx residents, many who are lower-income than other supervisorial districts in the county. Therefore, I support all policies and legislation that protects and advances for equity, which in return, preserves and strengthens democracy.


The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of projects and laws.  What, if any, new programs or projects or reforms to existing programs and projects would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from David J. Canepa:

I fully support the Clean Water Act Programs. The Navigable Water Rule has caused a large shrink in the number of streams and wetlands protected by the Clean Water Act. It is critical to reverse the damages and continue enforcing more measures to account for the damage caused by the removal of our federal pollution oversight task force which managed our tributaries of waterways for years.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $701,952

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Original Joes
Employees of County of San Mateo
BOLD Democrats PAC
Employees of Lighthouse Public Affairs, LLC
National Union of Healthcare Workers and employees

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.28%
District of Columbia 2.29%
Oregon 0.34%
Illinois 0.30%
Other 0.79%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.98%)
Small contributions (5.02%)

By Type:

From organizations (3.73%)
From individuals (96.27%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running for congress to restore faith in Congress. I believe if Washington invests in communities, cities, and counties again with spending and policies that voters can see with their own eyes, faith can be restored in Congress.


My focus is to not only listen to the voices of our community members but empower and amplify their voices. I am not an establishment candidate who has spent the past two years in the Assembly or Congress. I am a grassroots candidate who wants to serve one of the most diverse Congressional districts in the United States and to ensure their voices are amplified in the halls of Congress.


During the past two years of the pandemic, the most challenging times any of us have ever encountered, I feel like I helped inspire the county’s residents to do everything in our power to save lives, prevent illness and to help our hard-hit businesses to recover. It’s enabled me to have the confidence to represent our county’s values in Washington DC.


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