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Tuesday November 3, 2020 — California General Election

California State SenateCandidate for District 3

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Carlos Santamaria

149,461 votes (31.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Expand Workforce Development Programs in Career Technical Education
  • Addressing the Homelessness with developing Workforce Development Training Programs
  • Expand the Private, Public Partnership within Industry & businesses towards more job opportunities and internships for students, incumbent workers, at risk youths and underserved individuals



Principal, CEES-Advisors (2014–current)
Principal, CEES-Advisors (2014–current)


USF MBA, Business - Executive MBA (2006)
St. Mary's College, USF B.A., MBA, CA RE Brokers License, Business - Real Estate, Construction (2006)

Community Activities

Volunteer - Veterans Home of California - Yountville, CalVet (2018–current)


I am a business owner having worked in the private sector for over 30 years who understands the day to day challenges in work and in life that most Americans experience with knowing first-hand the many opportunities that exist within our Great State of California.  I am an expert in energy efficiency, high-performance buildings and sustainability, serving as a Board of Trustee for the International Facility Management Association, I’ve worked on some of the tallest, and most iconic buildings in the United  States and in the World with providing innovative solutions for hundreds of buildings.  After many years in the private sector, I’m committed and believe it is my obligation to share my broad experience as I work with new and incumbent workers and students  guiding them within the community colleges in providing workforce development programs. 

Being the Vice Chair of the Napa County Republican Committee for three years and having volunteered for over 15-years with a number of industry groups, I’ve had one very important goal in mind, giving back to individuals who want to expand upon and learn new skills in the workforce. I regularly volunteer at the Yountville Veterans Home assisting in resident events, visits or just meeting with these wonderful individuals.  Previously volunteered as Cub Scout leader and assisted with the Boy Scouts for six years and also as the House Captain with the Rebuilding Together – Christmas in April Program refurbishing low income homes for families.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Carlos Santamaria:

As an industry subject matter expert and consultant working in the built environment, I've created programs and initiatives that have resulted in the reduction of our precious resources in many buildings throughout the United States and in China. My current work with the California Community Colleges involves creating training programs that teach the next generation and workforce with being able to identitfy and redcue wasteful energy usage in buildings. 

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Carlos Santamaria:

Expand upon and fund more projects in Opportunity Zones to bring more private investment to both property and business improvements. 

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Carlos Santamaria:

Incarceration without Workforce Devlopment Programs is not effective. Addressing Safety for residents, business owners and voters of the district needs to include firm laws, strong community respources and training, job opportunities as well as a program for mentoring and a "give-back" program for those who have received assistance.  Full circle community program. 

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Carlos Santamaria:

Every and all.  

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $4,600

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

Napa County Republican Party
Employees of CEES-Advisors
Upper Napa Valley RWF
Employees of State of California

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.48%)
Small contributions (6.52%)

By Type:

From organizations (48.88%)
From individuals (51.12%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My reason for running for the California State Senate is to work towards a balanced representation within the California Legislature providing voter representation in District 3.  I want to provide a solutions-oriented leadership to constituents assuring that we can addressess chronic homelessness, out of control crime, high taxes,  and the loss of civil liberties experienced in other major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento, just to name a few


California needs a leader who understands what it takes to create, operate, maintain and grow a business and the challenges that go along with it.  I work in an industry where there is high demand for skilled workers and career technical training and development is part of the solution towards getting our young men and women, disadvantage individuals, incumbent & displaced workers jobs assuring a livable wage. 

My solution is to build upon and expand the Private-Public Partnership in Workforce Development Training & Job Creation.  

  •  I am a Problem Solver
  •  I have Private Sector Experience with Creating Jobs
  •  I am Trustworthy – Great Sense of Humor
  •  I have a Faith Based Compass

"I Believe in California"

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