David Canepa is running for congress to fight for us in Washington, just as he has done for us in San Mateo County.
The son of a chauffeur and a bank branch manager, David Canepa is a 4th generation son of San Mateo County and lifelong resident. As the former Mayor of Daly City and President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, David led us through the COVID pandemic, protecting frontline workers and helping achieve one of the highest vaccination rates in the county. In Congress, David will invest in the middle class through more affordable health care and housing, free community college, tackling climate change, protecting a woman’s right to choose, and equal pay for equal work.
David launched his campaign for Congress at Seton Medical Center, where he was born and led the county’s efforts to save the vital hospital and employer from bankruptcy. Just months after it was saved, Seton became the county’s COVID-19 command center. In Congress, David will make sure everyone has access to affordable, quality health care through Medicare for All. He will also take on pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost of prescription drugs and fight for retirement security to protect our future.
As Supervisor, David has helped lead the county’s response to the pandemic. He has worked with public health experts to protect our community while getting kids back in school, keeping small businesses open, and securing one of the highest vaccination rates in the nation. Now, he’s ready to lead as Congressman by continuing to help small businesses rebound and to ensure our schools are safe for kids.
Under David’s leadership, San Mateo County has contributed nearly $100 million to build or preserve over 2,000 affordable housing units, including Midway Village in Daly City: the county’s largest affordable housing construction to date. During his tenure, the jobs to housing gap has been narrowed by half. In the House of Representatives, David will continue to spearhead these projects which are imperative for our community.
A Skyline Community College and University of San Francisco graduate, David was the first in his family to graduate, and as Supervisor, David has made free community college tuition a reality for hundreds of San Mateo County students. As Congressman, David will invest in our public schools, community colleges, early childhood education, and after school programs.
David’s wife Ana was born in El Salvador, and David has made immigration reform a priority for San Mateo, working with Sheriff Bolanos to end transfers to ICE and expand the County’s immigration and legal services. He also designated San Mateo County a hate-free zone.
In addition to serving on the Board of Supervisors, David is a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.