David Campos for Assembly District 17

Who am I?

My family came from Guatemala when I was fourteen and unable to speak English. We settled in one of Los Angeles’ toughest neighborhoods. I learned quickly how to stand up for myself and fight for my beliefs.

With inspiration from my parents, support from great teachers, and my own hard work, I graduated at the top of my high school class and earned scholarships to Stanford and Harvard Law School.

While at Harvard I found myself, my politics, and my life partner (now my husband) Phil. We decided to live our values and moved to San Francisco where I have served as Deputy City Attorney, General Counsel to the School District, and progressive Police Commissioner. I was elected to the Board of Supervisors representing District 9 in 2008, and reelected in 2012.

Throughout this journey I've held on to one driving idea - I want to work to ensure that the opportunities I had as a young person immigrating to California are still available for the youth and children of today. That's why, earlier this year, I entered the race to represent San Francisco in the State Assembly.

As a Supervisor, I’ve stood up for those who don’t have big corporate lobbyists speaking for them – working people, immigrants, seniors, tenants, school children, small business owners. I’m proud to say that my record of fighting for regular people, while working to achieve solutions to tough problems, has earned the sole endorsements of current Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, Former District 8 Supervisor Beven Dufty, President of the Small Business Commission Steve Adams, Equality California, as well as the Teachers, Nurses and the Sierra Club among many.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with neighbors all over the city and together we have passed legislation that helps families stay in San Francisco. I led the fight to provide free Muni for low-income youth to get to school after budget cuts eliminated yellow school buses. I've worked to stop the wave of illegal foreclosures and evictions that are forcing families out of their homes. And I am proud to have passed legislation that stopped the harassment of women's health providers by right-wing extremists.

We should remember that District 17 has been at the forefront of the struggle for democratic values. For immigrants rights, tenant rights, workers rights and LGBT rights, we've built a movement, inspired a nation, and elected legislators that have echoed our values and served as the liberal conscience of California. On the Board of Supervisors I've shared those values. Now I want to take these values to Sacramento and I am asking for your support to do so.

Why am I running?

I am running for office because I believe that government has a role to play in making people’s lives better, particularly the lives of low income, working and middle class people. It is for this reason that I believe that it is important for the person who represents San Francisco’s 17th Assembly District, arguably the most progressive assembly district in the state, be a champion for regular people. This district has a long history of having representatives who have been fighters for those who have the least in our society, for the marginalized, Tom Ammiano being a prime example. I believe that it is paramount that the person who replaces Tom Ammiano be a solid and strong progressive voice who will not only be a good vote for working people, but will be a leader and not be afraid to push the envelope; who will not be afraid to stand up to the special interests, especially big business and the chamber of commerce. I have a record of doing precisely that, standing up to special interests and big business, on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and I want to bring that philosophy and work to the state level.

My Goals

I would like to see restoration of funding for both K -12 and public higher education, expansion of health care coverage either through full implementation of the Affordable Care Act or through a “public option,” and greater expansion of clean energy programs statewide.

We must restore education funding to 1960 levels. Proposition 30 last year has stopped the slide into the abyss. However, we need to do more than stop the slide, we need to reverse it. One way to do that is what Assemblymember Ammiano has proposed in reforming Proposition 13 and starting to restore the education funding that has been lost amidst the lost property tax revenue resulting from that ballot measure.

In health care I think that at the moment our priority is properly implementing the Affordable Care Act via Covered California. But I also think that we should take time in the next year or two and evaluate the new system. If it is found to be lacking, then we should look to establish a comprehensive single payer - or at the least a strong public option - to fill in the gaps in the new system.

California law now requires that 33% of the state's electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2020. I believe increasing the renewable energy initiatives would be an effective way to reach our greenhouse gas reduction goals and I would support accelerating the use of renewable energy to generate electricity in California.

My DFA Values

I believe my values are quite consistent with DFA’s. I have spent my career fighting for progressive values – for workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, tenants’ rights, and LGBT rights. On the Board of Supervisors, I have been clear about my values, and have stood up for those who have no corporate lobbyists to speak for them.

In the Assembly I will continue the progressive leadership we have seen in Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and will carry forward his fight for social and economic justice. I will be not just a fighter, but a warrior, for working people.

My Campaign is People Powered!

The David Campos Campaign for Assembly District 17 is reaching out to many progressive organizations to support his candidacy. Campaign Organizers are targeting groups such as the Latino Democratic Club (LDC) to turn out its membership for phone banking and precinct walks. Many members are native San Franciscan's or have lived in the Mission District for years, and have considerable contacts with voters and other progressive groups and individuals. House parties hosted by LDC members are underway to help secure campaign financial support. LDC membership have also donated office supplies, material and labor resources for building up the campaign office that is located in the heart of the Mission District. For example, a LDC member financed materials to build phone-banking
tables. She secured the help of labor supporters to construct the phone banking tables, and they are now utilized every evening for voter identification calls.

Other progressive groups that are involved include representatives dedicated to affordable housing rights, environmental justice, immigrations reform, women's health, and educational reform. An initial strategic meeting was held with key representatives at a neighborhood lounge. Campaign organizers provided food and refreshments at the gathering and an overview of the campaign demographics and strategy to win the campaign was presented. Attendees than shared their experiences living in the Mission District and the myriad of issues that their membership is experiencing in the areas of housing displacement, gentrification, parking concerns, transgender rights, and transportation justice for working families and their children.

The campaign organizers impressed upon the attendees that David Campos' voting record and his active participation in all the areas they discussed make him the ideal and only candidate to represent them in the Assembly. They were asked to demonstrate their support by "adopting-an-evening" for precinct walks and phone banking. The response was positive, for example, an immigration rights organization adopted a Monday evening to help with phone calls to spanish-speaking voters. An organizer brought his members to help with calls and the voter identification rate was very high for that evening. Building from this, other representatives involved with the initial strategic meeting are now poised to bring "adopt-an-evening" and help with calls and precinct walk. We are building our entire GOTV program from the grassroots and progressives are the backbone.

Voice support


  • Misha Antonich
  • Kelly Groth
  • Stephanie Feiring, CA
  • Bruce Balshone
  • Dana Jae
  • Keith Kimber
  • Jennifer Hand
  • Rob Dickinson, OR
  • Harry Bernstein
  • Diane Green
...and 43 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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