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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 6

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Kevin McCarty

57,740 votes (55.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fully fund education — from PreK to TK-12 to Higher Education.
  • Provide Debt College in California,
  • Pursue new solution and homelessness and drug addiction.



Assemblymember, CA State Assembly — Elected position (2014–current)
Councilmember, City of Sacramento — Elected position (2004–2014)


Kevin McCarty was elected to the California State Assembly in 2014 to represent Sacramento and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County.

McCarty serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, which oversees the largest component of California’s multi-billion dollar budget. As Chair, McCarty made historic investments in public education, early childhood education, career technical education, and increased the number of students enrolled in California’s Community College, CSU and UC systems.

Other legislative priorities for Assemblymember McCarty include: expanding health care access, fighting climate change, championing criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence, tackling poverty, and advocating for the middle class.

McCarty previously served on the Sacramento City Council from 2004 to 2014.  As a Councilmember, he created innovative youth programs and wrote common-sense gun laws, tackled sub-standard rental housing, and crafted clean air policies.  He created the Sacramento Little Saigon district and helped establish the City Whistleblower Hotline program and the Independent Auditor department.

A lifelong Sacramentan, McCarty attended local public schools, attended American River College, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CSU Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento.

McCarty and his wife live in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Sacramento with their twin daughters.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $922,891

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

California Democratic Party
California Faculty Association
California Federation of Teachers
California Nurses Association
California State Association of Electrical Workers
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
SEIU California
SEIU United Healthcare Workers West
United Domestic Workers of America

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.08%
District of Columbia 1.08%
Maryland 1.06%
Washington 0.65%
Other 3.12%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.90%)
Small contributions (0.10%)

By Type:

From organizations (85.71%)
From individuals (14.29%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Ballot Statement:


While Washington D.C. is mired in partisan gridlock, I’m proud to be making a difference in the California State Legislature -- helping improve lives in our communities.  


We’ve come together and found common ground, but I know that our work is not done.  


I see that families are struggling – inflation, COVID-19, zoom-school, lack of childcare just to name a few.  We’ve felt the impact firsthand with our own daughters in school.  


In the Assembly, I’ve led efforts to make historic early education investments for our youngest learners.   


This work will prepare our kids in kindergarten and beyond.  High quality early education sets children up for success in school, lifts working families, and breaks cycles of intergenerational poverty.   


My legislation for free Universal Pre-K became a reality in 2021. This is a game-changer for low-income families stuck on waiting lists, and for middle class families who can’t afford $2,000 a month for preschool.  


Those attending college are also waiting for help.  College is a ticket to the middle class and key for our economic future.  


Last year, we created 10,000 new UC enrollment slots for California students, and expanded our Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship financial aid programs to help families pay for college.   


This year I’m tackling student housing — authoring legislation to fund 25,000 new college housing units near campuses.


Again, I know my work is not done. I would be honored to earn your vote this election.

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