This is an archive of a past election.
See for current information.
San Francisco County, CA June 3, 2014 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for David Campos

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 17

This information is provided by the candidate

David Campos is a two-term Supervisor representing San Francisco's District nine. He is currently running for the California State Assembly. Campos has previously served San Francisco as a Police Commissioner, Deputy City Attorney, lead counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District, and Chair of the San Francisco Transportation Authority. He is running in District 17, representing San Francisco's east side.

As a Guatemalan immigrant who rose from poverty to earn a scholarship to the nation's leading educational institutions, Supervisor Campos wants every California child to have the same opportunity California gave him. While California rights our economy and gets our fiscal house in order, his commitment will be to ensure that the underdogs - not entrenched and powerful interests - come first.

Supervisor Campos came to the United States, together with his parents and two sisters, as an undocumented immigrant at age 14 after a harrowing journey from war-torn Guatemala. Despite not initially speaking English, David excelled in school, graduating at the top of his class from Jefferson High School, in a poverty-ridden section of South Central Los Angeles. David earned scholarships to Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

He began his career in public service in 1999, serving as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. As a Deputy City Attorney, David handled a variety of important legal matters and cases, including serving as the lead counsel in implementing the San Francisco Unified School District's school desegregation.

David's dedication to youth and education continued as a Police Commissioner and San Francisco Supervisor. A long-time advocate of community policing, David worked to bring police and violence prevention organizations together and helped reduce violence in the Mission and other neighborhoods.

As Chair of San Francisco's Transportation Authority, David led the successful effort to provide free transit on MUNI for low-income youth, an effort made necessary in part by the loss of school buses to state and local budget cuts.

Health care has always been a priority for Supervisor Campos, who led successful negotiations to keep St. Luke's hospital open in the Mission, focused attention on restaurant workers who weren't receiving the health care consumers were paying for, and worked closely with Planned Parenthood to devise legislation to stop harassment of patients at a women's health clinic near St Luke's.

David is a strong supporter of clean energy and authored San Francisco's Community Choice Aggregation law, which will soon launch to bring San Franciscan the choice to purchase clean energy.

David has lived in Bernal Heights for the past nine years with his husband Phil and their English bulldog Winston.

Campos would be the first Latino to be elected to the State Assembly in the history of San Francisco, and continue a recent tradition of openly-gay leaders serving in the seat, beginning with Carole Migden (1996-2002) and continuing with Mark Leno (2002-2008) and Tom Ammiano (2008 to present).

Next Page: Issue Questions

Candidate Page || Feedback to Candidate || This Contest
June 2014 Home (Ballot Lookup) || About Smart Voter

The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.
Created from information supplied by the candidate: May 19, 2014 16:00
Smart Voter   <>
Copyright © League of Women Voters of California Education Fund