Voter's Edge California Voter Guide
Get the facts before you vote.
Brought to you by
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Tuesday November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Invest in unbiased information

With your support, we can reach and inform more voters.

Donate now to spread the word.

California State SenateCandidate for District 12

Photo of Anna Caballero

Anna Caballero

California State Assemblywoman
110,386 votes (54.4%)Winning
Use tab to activate the candidate button. Use "return" to select this candidate. You can access your list by navigating to 'My Choices'.
For more in-depth information on this candidate, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.
Candidate has provided information.
Thank candidate for sharing their information on Voter's Edge.

My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable housing has been a top priority of mine for years and the need only continues to grow. We need to intelligently build more affordable housing without creating sprawl.
  • Economic development in rural California. We need to be able to connect properly educated and trained workers with good jobs.
  • Water - Our entire economy depends on it. We need to come together to find smart solutions that feed our economy without trashing the environment



Profession:Attorney and CA Assembly Member
Assembly Member, California State Assembly 30th District — Elected position (2016–current)
Secretary, California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency — Appointed position (2011–2015)
Assembly Member, California State Assembly 28th District — Elected position (2006–2010)
Mayor, City of Salinas — Elected position (1998–2006)
Council Member, City of Salinas — Elected position (1991–1998)


1980 Juris Doctor, UCLA Law School (1980)


Anna M. Caballero is a woman of firsts. She was not only the first female Mayor elected in the 126-year history of the City of Salinas, but the first Latina elected to represent the 28th Assembly District in 2006. In 2011 she was hired by Governor Edmund G. Brown to serve as a member of his cabinet where she served as the Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Secretary Caballero’s mission mirrored her 34-year career fighting for working families. Caballero’s responsibility as Secretary included the oversight of departments charged with funding affordable housing, civil rights enforcement, banking and financial transactions, consumer protection, and the licensing of three million working professionals.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Caballero served as a member of the California State Assembly for four years and Mayor of Salinas and council member for fifteen years; she carries with her local and state government expertise that made her uniquely qualified to help the Governor achieve his goals: to transform state government to be more efficient, open and transparent, and consumer, service oriented. In 2016 she ran for and won once again the position of Assemblymenber representing the 30th Assembly District.

A graduate of UCLA law school and UC San Diego, Caballero has dedicated her professional life to families in rural California. She first put her legal acumen to work representing farm workers as an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance. Dedicated to representing working families at a price they could afford, Caballero and two colleagues formed the law firm of Caballero, Matcham and McCarthy, opening offices in Salinas and Hollister. The firm received numerous awards for excellence during its 25-year history, and Ms. Caballero personally received the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce’s most distinguished award, the Athena, for Entrepreneurial Excellence and commitment to the community.

Born to a family of copper miners from Arizona, Caballero has dedicated her working life to empower working families and to create opportunities for them and their children to be successful. While in the Assembly she received numerous awards for her work in youth violence prevention, protection of local government, support for public school construction, and water reliability and sustainability.

Prior to her election to the Assembly, Caballero established a non-profit organization dedicated to youth violence prevention. Partners for Peace helped parents and youth develop stronger family bonds and encourage healthy behavior. PFP focused on supporting literacy, after school activities, early childhood development, youth employment and high school dropout prevention strategies in partnership with other organizations.

Anna Caballero is a wife, mother of three adult children and grandmother of six. She is married to Attorney Juan Uranga who is currently enjoying retirement after representing farmworkers for over 30 years.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Anna Caballero:

This is one of my highest priorities and the list is long: targetted resources like bonds and fees on recording documents, increasing densities, inclusionary housing ordinances, not allowing cities and counties to avoid building affordable housing, not letting the NIMBIES win. My current bill is to create expedited processes so that the plans are reviewed magisterially so that local jurisdictions can’t say “no not here”. We should be requiring that cities build the affordable housing that their area needs.

Creative ways to do this include going back to the redevelopment agency concept to allow us to do things like prioritize building affordable housing above retail stores in the run downstrip malls that litter our cities and towns so that we can have walkable communities rather than more sprawl.

Question 2

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

No answer provided.
Question 3

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.

No answer provided.
Question 4

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?

No answer provided.
Question 5

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $4,449,464

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

California Democratic Party
Fresno County Democratic Central Committee (FCDCC)
San Mateo County Democrats
Humboldt County Democrats
Napa County Democratic Central Committee
Santa Barbara County Democratic Party
Tehama County Democratic Central Committee

More information about contributions

By State:

California 95.72%
District of Columbia 0.74%
Illinois 0.37%
Texas 0.35%
Other 2.81%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.95%)
Small contributions (0.05%)

By Type:

From organizations (88.74%)
From individuals (11.26%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Who else is running?

Please share this site to help others research their voting choices.