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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 16

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Peter Ohtaki

Financial Management VP
21,350 votes (12.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Control inflation - As a Harvard grad in economics, I'll focus on rising inflation's root cause: our nation's $30 trillion debt. Gas prices are skyrocketing - we must suspend gas taxes.
  • Secure our streets - As both a dad and a former Mayor, I'm worried about rising crime, including “smash and grab” looting and violence against Asians. We must prosecute criminals and fund the police to keep our neighborhoods safe.
  • Preserve our Neighborhoods - As a Peninsula native, we must protect our family-friendly neighborhoods from SB9 that ends single-family zoning and overrides local control. One-size-fits-all state mandates leave cities with the bill for infrastructure.



Profession:Former Menlo Park Mayor, finance, business
Citizens Advisory Committee, San Mateo County Transportation Authority — Appointed position (2019–current)
City Councilmember, Menlo Park — Elected position (2010–2018)
Mayor, Menlo Park — Appointed position (2018–2018)
Mayor, Menlo Park — Appointed position (2013–2013)
Fire Board Director, Menlo Park Fire Protection District — Elected position (2007–2010)


Stanford M.B.A., Finance (1987)
Harvard B.A. magna cum laude, Economics (1983)

Community Activities

Family, Menlo Church (2005–current)
Co-Chair, National Infrastructure Protection Plan, RC3, DHS Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (2013–2021)


A Menlo Park native, Peter Ohtaki graduated from Woodside High School. He would then earn his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

In 2010, Peter was elected to the Menlo Park City Council and re-elected in 2014. In 2013 and 2018, he also served as Mayor. Following years of deficits, Peter led the effort to balance Menlo Park’s budget by addressing the city’s unfunded pension liability, saving the taxpayers $3.6 million in interest expense. Dubbed by his colleagues as the “number guy,” Peter brokered a compromise to balance the city’s budget, earning him a reputation as a bipartisan problem-solver.

Peter successfully attracted a start-up incubator and restaurateur downtown to create new opportunities for Menlo Park residents. He also convinced Facebook to create a community fund that benefits residents. To give cities more flexibility implementing zoning for housing, Peter partnered with State Assemblyman Rich Gordon to introduce legislation (AB1690) which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in Sacramento and was signed into law by Governor Brown.

Before serving on the Menlo Park City Council, Peter served on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors, inevitably serving as Board President. He facilitated an agreement between the City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on emergency preparedness and operations, including updating the city’s emergency operations plan. Under his leadership, the District paid 78% of its $13 million pension obligation, saving the District millions in interest costs.

Peter is currently Vice President, Enterprise Incident Management, for a major bank. Previously, as Executive Director of the California Resiliency Alliance, a non-profit public-private partnership, he brought businesses and government together to improve disaster resiliency statewide. Peter partnered with Assemblyman Pedro Nava to pass AB2796, which extended Good Samaritan liability protection to companies and non-profits that assist in disaster response. Before the California Resiliency Alliance, Peter was the Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of a technology start-up that served the education and interactive media markets from 1994 to 2005.

In 2009, he was awarded the Business Recovery Managers Association Award for Excellence. In addition, for his exceptional efforts in support of emergency management and preparedness, Peter was recognized by the California Emergency Services Association.

When he is not working or serving the community, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their three kids.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)


The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of projects and laws.  What, if any, new programs or projects or reforms to existing programs and projects would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

No answer provided.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.

No answer provided.

As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?

No answer provided.
What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Peter Ohtaki:

Better mass transit will reduce the leading contributor to greenhouse gases - cars. Serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, I know Silicon Valley relies on a 160-year-old train line for its mass transit. California only gets 5% of the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, yet we're 12% of the nation's population! Our Congressional representative should be fighting for billions to improve our transportation infrastructure in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $43,354

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

Peter Ohtaki
Employees of Route One Investment Company, Lp
Employees of Cruz Multimedia Productions Llc
Employees of Pec Ventures, Llc
Employees of Anderson Poole & Couche

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.41%
Connecticut 0.59%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.00%)
Small contributions (3.00%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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