Carl DeMaio

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Carl DeMaio
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 52
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
Campaign website
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Carl DeMaio is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 52nd Congressional District of California.[1] DeMaio will face incumbent Scott Peters (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014. California's 52nd Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.

DeMaio is a former member of the San Diego City Council and a former candidate for the position of Mayor of San Diego on the November 6, 2012 ballot.[2][3]

DeMaio, who is openly gay, attracted national attention for his ideas on how to reform governance in San Diego. He is a leading advocate of pension reform and managed competition. A Republican who describes himself as a "taxpayer watchdog," DeMaio has attracted fierce opposition from public employee unions for his reform ideas.[2]


DeMaio founded the Performance Institute and the American Strategic Management Institute. He sold both companies to Thompson Publishing Group in 2007. DeMaio served on the San Diego City Council from 2008 to 2012 and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2012.[4]


DeMaio intends to propose a “No Budget, No Pay law that would permanently penalize the pay of Members of Congress and political appointees in the White House when they fail to pass a budget on time.”[5] Regarding guns, DeMaio states that he supports “full enforcement of existing laws as well as more resources to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health disorders.”[5] According to the National Journal, he “has voiced support for gay marriage, abortion rights, and environmental protections.”[6]


DeMaio has stated that while healthcare reform is necessary, the Affordable Care Act “as written will not work", and that his opponent has “resisted meaningful reform.” His reform “proposals include allowing individuals to buy health insurance across state lines, putting the government exchanges under private management."[7][8][5]

Campaign themes


DeMaio's campaign website lists the following issues:[9]

  • Balancing the Budget: "Washington DC has a spending problem. How long have we heard this line from our politicians? Each election we hear politicians railing against excessive spending, but once in Washington, DC we see little action. Something has to change. We’re now more than $17 trillion in debt – and it is only getting worse."
  • Jobs and the Economy: "Carl DeMaio’s philosophy is simple: if you are willing to work hard, the American Dream should be yours. Unfortunately, the American Dream is out-of-reach for too many. People are working harder, but feel like they are falling further behind. Something has to change – and that something is Washington."
  • Education: "A quality education is the bedrock of life-long success. Carl DeMaio will be a champion of reforms to strengthen our K-12 education system and expand access to college so our children are prepared to compete in a 21st century economy."
  • Affordable Health Care: "Health care reform should be about making coverage more accessible and affordable, not more expensive and complicated. Health care works best when medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors – not government bureaucrats in Washington."
  • Social Security & Medicare: "We have an obligation to our seniors – Democrats and Republicans should come together to fulfill our commitment to our seniors by enacting common-sense reforms to save Social Security and Medicare."


—Carl DeMaio's campaign website,


In his candidacy for mayor, DeMaio frequently mentioned the "Three P" issues:

  • Pension
  • Potholes
  • Prosperity[11]



See also: California's 52nd Congressional District elections, 2014

California's 52nd Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014 due to the low margin of victory for Democrats in the last election and last two presidential elections. Incumbent Scott Peters (D) and Carl DeMaio triumphed in the blanket primary over Kirk Jorgensen (R) and Fred Simon (R). Peters and DeMaio will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[12]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added DeMaio to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[13]

U.S. House, California District 52 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters Incumbent 42.3% 53,926
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarl DeMaio 35.3% 44,954
     Republican Kirk Jorgensen 18.5% 23,588
     Republican Fred Simon 4% 5,040
Total Votes 127,508
Source: California Secretary of State


DeMaio is the first congressional candidate to feature his same-sex partner in a campaign ad.[14]


DeMaio was endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and the Mexican American Business & Professional Association.[15]


Carl DeMaio's philosophy of governing San Diego

DeMaio was a candidate in the 2012 San Diego mayoral race. To earn a spot on the November 6, 2012 ballot, DeMaio had to survive a primary on the June 5, 2012 ballot. Five candidates competed in that primary. Only the top two vote-getters (Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner) moved on to the final contest on November 6.

The five candidates, and the number of votes they received in the June 5 primary, were:

Candidate # of votes
Carl DeMaio 75,508
Bob Filner 73,209
Nathan Fletcher 57,933
Bonnie Dumanis 31,924
Tobiah L. Pettus 1,709

DeMaio lost to opponent Filner in the general election, 52.5% to 47.5%[16]


DeMaio was endorsed by:

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DeMaio's reports.

Carl DeMaio (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$0.00$487,616.55$(17,972.03)$469,644.52
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$469,644.52$328,383.78$(78,029.21)$719,999.09
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$719,999$370,261$(104,269)$985,991
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$985,991$422,307$(153,847)$1,254,451
Pre-Primary[21]May 22, 2014$1,254,451$172,323$(255,299)$1,171,475
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$1,171,475$454,797$(194,697)$1,431,576
Running totals

Ballot measures

DeMaio has been involved with ballot measure campaigns as a way to advance the policy positions he supports. He was the chief author of San Diego's 2012 Proposition B.[2] He was also a key supporter of the San Diego Competition and Transparency in City Contracting Initiative (November 2010), which would require the city to seek competitive bids for services and allow the city to outsource without union involvement.

In 2010, he campaigned against Proposition D, which was defeated. Arguing against a proposal to raise the city's sales tax by a half-a-billion dollars over five years, DeMaio pushed instead to reduce budget deficits through spending cuts and pension reform.[23][24]

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  1., "Carl DeMaio announces run for Congress," May 30, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 City Journal, "Public Enemy Number One," April 19, 2012
  3. Smart Voter, "Carl DeMaio," accessed June 10, 2012
  4. Campaign website, "About," accessed April 28, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 KPBS, "DeMaio, Peters On Climate Change, Immigration, Guns, Marijuana," July 7, 2014
  6. National Journal, "What Kind of Republican Is Carl DeMaio?," August 28, 2014
  7. Voice of San Diego, "Why I Rescinded My DeMaio Endorsement – Then Gave It Back," October 23, 2013
  8. UT San Diego, "Peters, DeMaio spar over Obamacare," November 13, 2013
  9. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 28, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Smart Voter, "San Diego Mayoral Contest," June 5, 2012
  12. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  14. Wall Street Journal, "Gay Republican Candidate's Ad Poses Test for Party," February 13, 2014
  15. Times of San Diego, "DeMaio, Peters Hail Endorsements by Taxpayers, Mexican-American Groups," April 17, 2014
  16. San Diego County, "Primary election," accessed September 3, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  23. Voice of San Diego, "It’s In Carl’s Hands Now," November 5, 2010
  24. UT San Diego, "Sales tax: Both sides dive in to lively campaign," August 6, 2010