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Contra Costa CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Anamarie Avila Farias

Vice Mayor City of Martinez
31,856 votes (46.48%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Cleaning Up County Government: I want to change the way the Board of Supervisors does business, opposing massive pay raises for themselves and bringing transparency to the Board to end sweetheart contracts for big donors.
  • Public Safety: Improving Police and Fire Response Times. I’ll fight to reverse the damage done by budget cuts that sent crime rates soaring, closed fired houses and increased 911-response times in police, fire, and medical emergencies.
  • Making Housing More Affordable: Many individuals and families struggle to find housing they can afford in county. I will bring the necessary leadership to promote financial and community stability by expanding the availability of housing



Profession:Housing and Community Development Professional
Housing & Community Development Professional - 25 yrs exp in local Gov't, Various local gov't agencies administrating Federal, State and Local housing programs in City & County of S.F, Alameda County, Contra Costa County (not availa–current)
Vice-Mayor, City of Martinez — Elected position (2012–current)
Gubernatorial Appointee of Jerry G. Brown Jr., California Housing Finance Agency — Appointed position (2015–current)


University of San Francisco Bachelor of Science Business Management , Master of Science Information Systems Management (current)

Community Activities

2nd Vice President of East Bay Division, League of California Cities - Member (2012–current)
Board of Director , Juvenile Hall Auxiliary of Contra Costa County (2014–current)
Governor's Appointee, Member, Board of Directors , California Housing Finance Agency (2015–current)
Housing Community and Economic Development Policy Committee member , League of California Cities (2012–current)
Latino Caucus, Board of Director, League of California Cities (2012–current)


Anamarie Avila Farias is a lifelong Contra Costa County resident, where she currently serves as Vice-Mayor on the Martinez City Council. Anamarie is proud to be a third-generation Martinez resident.  She has contributed over 22 years to public service, policy work and community leadership. 

Anamarie is a dedicated public servant who has worked in several local government housing agencies administering Affordable Housing and Community Development programs.  Anamarie has managed and overseen complex and challenging housing programs that have tackled some of California's most difficult issues, including the current housing crisis.

Anamarie has managed vital programs in Community Development that have built stronger and more resilient communities throughout the Bay Area.  She is proud to be a part of the effort that encourages systematic and sustained action through collaborative partnership that support infrastructure, economic development projects, housing and public services.  In addition, she is a strong advocate of sustainable design which reduces consumption of non-renewable resources, minimizes waste, and creates healthy, productive environments.  In 2007, she was instrumental in converting a brownfield into a greenfield.  This project was the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project in Martinez and the 11th housing development in California to be certified LEED at that time.  Anamarie has been forward thinking in embracing public policy on many fronts, but especially in sustainable design in housing development.

Anamarie has spent a majority of her career working in San Francisco for the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development. She has worked in culturally diverse communities throughout the Bay Area providing Housing and Community Development opportunities to thousands of Bay Area residents.

Anamarie is also active in her hometown, in Contra Costa County and throughout the state. Anamarie was elected to the Martinez City Council in 2012.  Prior to serving on the Martinez City Council, she was a Planning Commissioner for eight years.  She is a Gubernatorial Appointee of Jerry G. Brown, Jr. and currently serves as a Board Director on the California Housing Finance Agency.

Anamarie is proudly raising her two young children in Martinez with her husband, an architect.















Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County
  • Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County
  • Hercules Police Officers Association
  • Martinez Police Officers Association

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

Do you see the rising cost of living in Contra Costa as a problem, and if so, what solutions do you propose?
Answer from Anamarie Avila Farias:



Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

For a decade, some of our Supervisors have voted to cut deals benefiting cronies and big donors. Last year, for their good work, the majority tried to give themselves a 33% pay raise.

We need big change to restore people’s confidence that the Board of Supervisors is looking after the people’s interests – not their own interests – or the special interests.

We’ll only get real change and real leadership if voters like you insist on it.

I’ll bring a fresh face and a new perspective to the Board. I’ll be a voice for tackling the cost of housing, growing small businesses, and improving county government efficiency.

A third generation county resident, my husband and I are raising our family in the community where I grew up.

A 22-year Housing and Community Development professional, I’ve provided economic opportunity to thousands of county residents – while protecting neighborhood integrity.

I serve as Governor Brown’s appointee to the California Housing Finance Agency improving housing statewide.

As Vice-Mayor of Martinez, I’ve championed putting more police on our streets, helped protect 44 acres of open space, invested over $45 million of state and local money in park renovation and city infrastructure  – while balancing the budget and expanding reserves.

 Mud will fly because fighting for change involves taking on the political machine. But I’m ready. Bring it on. Together, we must win this fight because the outcome is too important for our families’ future.

Supporters include: Contra Costa Firefighters, Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs, Martinez Police Officers Association, Hercules Mayor Dan Romero, Pinole Mayor Roy Swearingen and Antioch City Councilmember Tony Tiscareno.

Position Papers

Public Safety


Ensuring all Contra Costa County residents are safe in their homes and community.

I’m committed to ensuring that every community in within Contra Costa County has the resources and tools it needs to keep families safe. I will advocate that we help equip and enable local law enforcement and firefighters, so that they are adequately funded to provide services. Public Safety requires the involvement of a city’s entire community.

For community policing to function well, relationships and open communication with residents within community are essential for gathering information and knowing the community.

Unfortunately, with cities across the County facing major budget shortfalls, local law enforcement agencies face potential setbacks in crime-fighting programs.  To prevent budget shortfalls it critical that leadership in place advocates for the importance of community safety by funding and realigning budgets if necessary to meet public safety needs and goals. I will work on assuring that the essential areas of concern stay well-funded.

Providing necessary tools for first responders

  • Support  programs that help departments remain adequately staffed and ensure they have the personnel and equipment they need to protect Contra Costa County residents

Disaster Preparation and relief

Improving Disaster Readiness for Contra Costa County

  • Sustaining an environment that allows police, fire and emergency medical personnel to coordinate effectively.

Combating Gang Violence and Drug

  • Create and maintain programs to keep youth out of gangs and protect Contra Costa County communities from the growing problem of gang violence.

Protecting Residents

  • Protecting Children from Sexual Predators
  • Preventing Violence against Women/ Human trafficking
  • Neighborhood safety
  • Dealing with at-risk youth
  • Crime prevention

Transportation, Housing and Workforce Development


Strategies to create, promote and finance affordable housing; and transportation linkages to jobs


Despite the magnitude of this challenge, there are many potential policies that could help provide housing and transportation choices for households of all income levels, sizes, and needs. In order to build strong communities, we must further expand our focus to address the links among jobs, transportation, and affordable housing. We need leadership at the all levels of government ensure an adequate supply of workforce housing so that teachers, police, firefighters, and people in a host of other occupations can afford to live in the areas where they work. We can reconnect jobs, transportation, and affordable housing.


The state of California is dealing with a housing crisis because of the lack of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities throughout the various communities. We need to stay relevant to the issues throughout the state and develop a strategy that will allow us to work at the local level with community partners to develop programs, policies and finance opportunities to our address the lack of available housing. In order for California to make serious headway in our California housing crisis we need to continue to seek ways to reform tax and housing finance systems to create a system that allocate scarce federal funds to protect current programs and create new housing programs that meet state housing needs. We all need to be part of the solution. We need to be able to create programs that create incentives for communities to deliver on the statewide initiatives for housing production.

Lastly, I serve on the California Housing Finance Agency where I will work help regain CalFHA status as a relevant lender in both the single family mortgage market and the affordable multifamily lending market. Develop partnerships and create innovative programs, using CalHFA's strengths and state wide breadth.

Communities that offer various housing options that can fit the needs of various income groups. We need to have a balance of homeownership and rental opportunities in our communities at various affordably prices. Our communities should allow residents to move up the housing economic ladder.


Despite the magnitude of this challenge, there are many potential policies that could help provide housing and transportation choices for households of all income levels, sizes, and needs. In order to build strong communities, we must further expand our focus to address the links among jobs, transportation, and affordable housing. We need leadership at the all levels of government ensure an adequate supply of workforce housing so that teachers, police, firefighters, and people in a host of other occupations can afford to live in the areas where they work. We can reconnect jobs, transportation, and affordable housing.

Transportation of Hazardous Materials on County Rail Corridors


Ensuring the health and public safety of Contra Costa County residents regarding the transportation of tar sand oils and other hazardous materials on the county's rail corridors.

As a Martinez  Councilmember, I voted to urged the federal agencies with appropriate jurisdiction (primarily the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) to take the following actions to improve rail safety with respect to the transport of Bakken crude  oil and other hazardous materials by rail.  This includes:

  • Mandate Electronically Controlled Braking Systems.
  • Expedite retrofit or phase-out of tank cars failing to meet current safety standards.
  • Mandate Provision of Real-Time Information to first responders in event of accidents.
  • Federal funding for first responders.
  • Mandatory Speed Limits.
  • Mandate Stricter Reporting Requirements.
  • Identity priority routes for positive train control (PTC).
  • Mandate railroad industry compliance with Individual Voluntary Agreement negotiated with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Clear methodology for funding.
  • Regulate the parking and storage of tank cars.

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