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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 10

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Dan Monte

Retired General Contractor
54,758 votes (28.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure guaranteed healthcare for all as a right.
  • Make public colleges tuition-free and fully fund our public schools.
  • Ban fracking and rapidly move to 100% renewable energy.



Profession:Retired General Contractor & Teacher
Paratransit Bus Driver, Whistlestop Wheels (2009–2014)
General Contractor, Self-Employed (1976–2007)
Delegate, California State Democratic Party — Elected position (2007–2007)
Alternate, Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2007–2007)
Public School Math Teacher, Oakland Unified School District (2003–2005)
Public School Math Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District (2002–2003)


San Francisco State University Interim Teachers Credential (2004)
St. Mary’s College Bachelor of Arts, Integral Liberal Arts (1970)

Community Activities

Member, Environmental Forum of Marin (2014–current)
Member, Healthcare for All Marin (2009–current)
Member, Marin Rapid Response Network (2017–current)
Chair, Progressive Democrats of America (2010–2012)
Chair, Social Justice Center of Marin (2010–2012)


Dan Monte is running for State Assembly to represent Marin and Sonoma counties. He is a longtime social justice activist who is deeply rooted in the community and has been on the frontlines of progressive politics for many decades.


Born in San Francisco, Dan moved to San Anselmo 25 years ago. He has lived, worked, and attended school in six of the nine Bay Area counties. He now lives in San Rafael with Bonnie, his wife of 37 years. They have two adult daughters who both attended Ross Valley public schools.


He was raised by his father, a union machinist, and his mother, a public health nurse and Montessori teacher. He attended St. Mary’s College and later earned his teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Dan worked as a general contractor for several decades, as a unionized public school math teacher, and as a Whistlestop paratransit bus driver. In 2007 he was elected as a delegate to the State Democratic Party and has been an alternate on the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee. He served as chair of the Progressive Democrats of Marin.


Dan has over 50 years experience in community organizing. He is a member of San Rafael Building Bridges, Health Care for All-Marin, the Gallinas Watershed Council, and the Environmental Forum of Marin. As a member of Marin County’s Think Before You Spray campaign, Dan is working to eliminate pesticides from our environment. Dan joined with United Marin Rising and the Canal Welcome Center to help create the Marin Rapid Response Network, which offers support for immigrants whose civil rights are under attack from the current administration and ICE.


Dan undertook a solo bicycle ride across America in 2015 to promote peace and environmental justice and to embark on a pilgrimage to meet the people of our country. The trip reinforced his conviction that Americans are more united than we realize. We all want a fair economy, a real democracy, and a society that treats all people with dignity and respect. That is the clarity of vision he plans to bring to Sacramento.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $43,940

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

Employees of Restoration Hardware
Employees of Michael Greenslade
Employees of Marita Mayer
Employees of Good Earth Natural Foods
Employees of Garen Fechter

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (85.08%)
Small contributions (14.92%)

By Type:

From organizations (2.27%)
From individuals (97.73%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

California needs a political revolution. Sacramento is being corrupted by big-money special interests at a time when we need to come together more than ever to resist the Trump administration. But resistance is not enough. We launched this grassroots, people-powered campaign for State Assembly in order to make real and substantive change.

Nearly 3 million Californians don’t have any health insurance, while another 12 million are underinsured. That is morally wrong and has got to change. We need to immediately pass SB 562, the Healthy California Act, which will provide guaranteed single-payer health care for all people in our state.

The average college graduate finishes school with over $20,000 in student debt, an outrageous burden they should never have to bear. We need tuition-free public college so that our young people are prepared to enter the modern economy and we need full funding of our public schools so that all children have the same chance to go to college.

Despite being a world leader on climate change solutions, California is still the nation’s third-largest oil producer, pumping massive amounts of climate-disrupting carbon into our atmosphere. Our 1,100-mile coastline is under threat from sea-level rise and offshore drilling, while our forests and rural communities are imperiled by wildfires. We need to rapidly move towards 100% renewable energy, ban fracking, and actually begin to store carbon back in the soil.

We can do so much better than the status quo. We can have a fair economy, where working people can take care of themselves and their families while also participating in their communities. We can have a vibrant democracy, where everyone has an equal voice. We can have a society where all people are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings.

All of this is possible if we come together to make our voices heard. The people of Marin and Sonoma deserve a state representative who works for We the People. We deserve representation that reflects our progressive values. We invite you to join us and support Dan Monte for California Assembly.

Position Papers

California Needs to Repair its Broken Health Care System


We need guaranteed healthcare for all. The State Senate has already passed legislation that would implement a single-payer universal healthcare system. The Assembly needs to pass this bill immediately. 

The Healthy California Act, Senate Bill 562, which passed our Senate in June, would have “created a program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state.” Shamefully, our state Assembly refused to even read the bill. They failed the people of California, leaving us with a dysfunctional health care system.

 Over the past two decades, multiple studies have shown that California wastes billions of dollars on the administrative inefficiencies caused by our multi-payer system. Most recently, the PERI report estimated that California could save $38 billion annually with a single-payer system.

Our per capita health care costs are the highest in the world because there are a multitude of private companies and governmental insurance programs. Other major countries devote less than 9 percent of their economy to health care, while in the U.S. and California we pay between 15 and 16 percent. At these exorbitant costs, there are still 3 million Californians uninsured and another 12 million underinsured.

Other developed countries have adopted various forms of single-payer insurance because the efficiencies allow them to offer robust care as a basic human right. Only a not-for-profit single-payer system can control costs and deliver comprehensive care to all residents of California. We have a model, it is called Medicare, and it is one of the most efficient and popular governmental programs ever. That’s why single-payer is often called Expanded Medicare for All. California’s health care expenses are estimated to be $370 billion annually. Of that, 70 percent is already paid with public dollars. That alone is more than other countries spend in total.

Some of the benefits of SB 562 to the residents, businesses and doctors of our state stand out:

• People will be able to seek care quickly and, consequently, their conditions will not worsen needlessly and become more expensive to treat. Patients will no longer be forced to seek care in restrictive networks because all doctors will be free to belong to the Healthy California system. Medical conditions will no longer be the leading cause of bankruptcy in California. Those of us on Medicare will also enjoy these wider benefits.

Working people will no longer be tied to jobs in order to maintain insurance. Entrepreneurial spirits will be freed to form their own companies without the concerns of finding health care. Large and small businesses will not be in competition over health care benefits. Employers will be freed to hire older workers without risk to their insurance policies. Cities and counties will no longer need to use their local tax dollars to cover retired employees’ medical pensions. In our global economy, California businesses will have a level playing field compared to their foreign competitors.

• The Healthy California Act was written to overhaul how we pay for medical care, not to change how that care is delivered. Public and private hospitals, physician groups or individuals, and other providers will continue to ply their art and science as they have before. They will have certainty when it comes to being paid for their services. They won’t be second-guessed on their prescribed courses of treatment. SB 562 creates an independent board advised by an independent committee of medical providers and user peer groups that will set standards of conduct. The bill will provide for all medically necessary procedures, drugs and tests that our doctors deem fit.

The leaders of the Republican Party that now control all branches of our federal government have stated their intention to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as they have done with the Affordable Care Act. Some people fear that California will not be granted the federal waivers that are part of current law. We can be certain that those waivers will never be granted unless we apply for them. This administration would not prevail in a lawsuit to prevent California from instituting this highly efficient system.

After 10 weeks of campaigning, I can testify that thousands of constituents agree, California can and should act now to repair our broken system. I have pledged to them and to all Marin and Sonoma voters that once I am in Sacramento I will fight for an overhaul of our failing system. I will not hide from this crucial task.

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