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City of SacramentoCandidate for City Council, Council District 3

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Karina Talamantes

Trustee/Small Businesswoman
4,653 votes (49.31%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economic investment: focus our resources to help the residents and businesses in the most forgotten neighborhoods in the city with intentional investment to help grow wealth.
  • Homelessness: Sacramentans without shelter are Sacramentans. We must realign our priorities by working with the County of Sacramento to provide mental health outreach, prevention & wrap around services. We must take a compassionate but pragmatic appr
  • Public safety is about more than just working with our fire and police departments, it’s about prevention, our libraries, our schools, working with nonprofits, and making sure that our city staff have the resources they need to be successful.



Profession:Small Businesswoman, School Trustee
Chief of Staff, City of Sacramento Office of Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby (2018–current)
Small Businesswoman, Frutazo Stands (2017–current)
President/Trustee, Sacramento County Board of Education — Elected position (2018–current)
Director, Sacramento County Public Library Authority Board — Appointed position (2018–current)
Treasurer, California County Boards of Education Association — Elected position (2021–current)
Career Counselor/ Recruiter, Balance Staffing/ Kelly Financial Resources (2014–2018)
Academic Counselor, University of California, Davis & Yuba Community College District (2007–2014)


University of California, Davis Bachelor of Science in Community Regional Development (current)

Community Activities

Mentor, SheShares (2020–current)
Board Member, University of California, Government and Public Policy Alumni (2018–current)
Member, Sacramento State University Honors Board Advisory (2019–current)
Member, Sacramento State University Honors Board Advisory (2019–current)
Member, Sacramento State University Honors Board Advisory (2019–current)


Karina Talamantes, a public servant, small business owner, and first-generation Latina is a living manifestation of the California dream. As the daughter of working-class parents who immigrated to California from Mexico, Karina witnessed firsthand the hard work and sacrifice needed to reach her goals. These crucial lessons helped to shape her values and career path.

A tireless public servant, Karina understands that even the most minor efforts can yield significant results. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis, Karina worked with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence at the US Department of Education under President Obama. Her work directly contributed to policy decisions that would close opportunity gaps among public school students nationwide, helping to create a more level playing field for all students in America. Upon returning to Sacramento, Karina worked for college access programs like Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and the Early Academic Outreach Program where she helped low-income and first-generation students continue their post-secondary education.

A natural leader, Karina won her first term as an elected Trustee for the Sacramento County Board of Education in 2018 and has been a leading proponent of increased education funding across the state. Professionally, she serves as Chief of Staff to Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby.

As a proud resident of the Natomas community, Karina stays involved in neighborhood associations, community forums, and remains engaged with residents. She is a member of the UC Davis Chicano-Latino Alumni Association and the UC Davis Government and public policy Alumni Group. She also serves on the Sacramento State Honors Advisory Board and the Sacramento Library Authority Board.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (10)

  • California Nurses Association
  • Los Rios Federation of Teachers
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • Sacramento Democratic Party
  • National Women’s Political Caucus
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • Sacramento Area Local 522 Fire Fighters
  • Laborers Union Local 185
  • Sacramento County Latino Democratic Club
  • Carpenters Local Union No. 46

Elected Officials (5)

  • Darrell Steinberg, City of Sacramento Mayor
  • Phil Serna, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
  • Angelique Ashby, City of Sacramento Vice Mayor
  • Senator Dr. Richard Pan
  • Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

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