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Carlos Tobon
Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 58
In office
January 6, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$14,947.34/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
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Carlos E. Tobon is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Tobon served on the following committees:

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2015
Environment and Natural Resources
Veterans' Affairs


Campaign themes


Tobon's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Economy and Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Focus on job training and adult education for a competitive workforce in an increasingly complex world."


  • Excerpt: "Support creative solutions and rigorous curricula throughout the District."


  • Excerpt: "As a local property owner, I will fight any “back door” tax hike by making the difficult fiscal decisions that are required in State government. I will not support any effort to pass the burden onto local taxpayers."

Civic Engagement

  • Excerpt: "With your help, we can get our neighbors involved in the political process and make sure we are all part of the conversation. I plan to expand access to community initiatives and organize events in partnership with local neighborhood organizations to give the people of District 58 the opportunity to contribute time and effort to improve our neighborhoods."


Tobon's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Excerpt: "In order to increase employment, Tobon proposes increased job training and adult education, access to information regarding federal programs for small businesses, and further exploration of renewable energy sources. He opposes increased property taxes."



See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Carlos Tobon defeated Joseph Clark in the Democratic primary. Jonathan Vallecilla ran as an Independent candidate. Tobon defeated Vallecilla in the general election.[3][4][5]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 58, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Tobon 81.6% 1,759
     Independent Jonathan Vallecilla 18.4% 397
Total Votes 2,156
Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 58 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Tobon 59.5% 843
Joseph Clark 40.5% 574
Total Votes 1,417


See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2012

Tobon ran in District 58 and lost in the Democratic primary on September 11 to incumbent William San Bento, Jr.. San Bento won by a single vote, 544-543.[6][7][8]After multiple machine recounts, Tobon requested that the Rhode Island Supreme Court order a manual recount, which it denied on October 5, 2012.[9]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 58 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam San Bento, Jr. Incumbent 50% 544
Carlos Tobon 50% 543
Total Votes 1,087


See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2010

Tobon was a 2010 Democratic candidate District 58 of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He ran against George Hovarth in the 2010 primary. They both were defeated by William San Bento, Jr.[10]


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Rhode Island

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Political offices
Preceded by
William San Bento, Jr. (D)
Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 58
January 6, 2015-present
Succeeded by