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Kevin McCarty

Kevin McCarty
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 7th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Roger Dickinson
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 42–43)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Sacramento, California
Occupation Politician

Kevin McCarty (born 1972) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 7th district, encompassing parts of the Sacramento metropolitan area. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was an Sacramento city councilmember representing the 6th district which includes part of the eastern and southeastern parts of the city.[1]

Prior to being elected to the Sacramento City Council, McCarty served as policy director to former California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, and as an assembly budget committee consultant to former California State Assembly member Denise Moreno Ducheny.[2] McCarty was first elected to the city council in 2004 after Dave Jones stepped down in order to run for the state assembly. He is a resident of the Elmhurst neighborhood.[1]


McCarty was born and raised in the Sacramento area. He graduated with a degree in political science from CSU Long Beach and is working on a masters degree in public policy and administration from Sacramento State. He worked for former Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and also served as a consultant to the Assembly Budget Committee. While on the city council, McCarty supplements that with serving as the legislative advocate for Preschool California.

Work on city council

Representing many of Sacramento's older neighborhoods, McCarty has been a big advocate for safe housing and for inspections of Sacramento's numerous rental housing units. He is also known as a big advocate of gun control. He also works with creating after school programs for District 6 schools. Council member McCarty along with Darrell Fong voted against a $257 million subsidy to develop a downtown entertainment and sports complex for the Sacramento Kings.

6th District

The 6th district includes the suburban College Greens and Glenbrook neighborhoods which are located in the eastern edges of Sacramento. He also represents the Tahoe Park area and the surrounding neighborhoods that make up southeast Sacramento.

2004 election

In the 2004 election, McCarty faced John Boyd, the director of Shriners Hospital for Children. McCarty defeated him by a 62% to 38% margin.
Sacramento City Council, District 6 - March 2, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin McCarty 6,218 62.0%
Democratic John Boyd 3,815 38.0%

2008 election

McCarty did not face any opposition in his 2008 reelection bid. He did gain notoriety as the lone city councilman who declined to take sides in the mayoral primary between Heather Fargo and Kevin Johnson. However, by the general election, he decided to support Fargo's unsuccessful reelection bid.
Sacramento City Council, District 6 - June 3, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin McCarty 5,654 97.31%
write-ins 156 2.69%

2010 Assembly Bid

In 2010, Assembly Member Dave Jones was term limited. McCarty lost a close primary election to Roger Dickinson, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors member from District 1.

California's 9th State Assembly district: Primary, June 8, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roger Dickinson 14,157 35.12%
Democratic Kevin McCarty 13,955 34.62%
Democratic Lauren Hammond 7,525 18.67%
Democratic Chris Garland 3,512 8.71%
Democratic Adam Sartain 1,041 2.58%
write-ins 121 0.30%
Totals 40,311 100%

2012 Election

In 2012, McCarty was challenged by information technology manager Mitch Netto. He easily won in the primary election by a 3 to 1 margin.
Sacramento City Council, District 6 - June 5, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin McCarty 6,743 73.80%
Republican Mitch Netto 2,364 25.87%
write-ins 30 0.33%
overvotes 9 %
undervotes 806 %
Totals 9,952 100%

2014 Election

In 2014, McCarty was elected to represent California's 7th Assembly District, defeating fellow Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn.
California's 7th State Assembly district - Primary, June 3, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin McCarty 17,788 36.52%
Democratic Steve Cohn 14,876 30.54%
Republican Ralph Merletti 7,245 14.88%
Republican Oliver Ponce 4,377 8.99%
Democratic Mark Johannessen 4,298 8.82%
write-ins 121 0.25%
overvotes 3,585 %
undervotes 164 %
Totals 52,454 100%
California's 7th State Assembly district - November 4, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin McCarty 24,823 58.13%
Democratic Steve Cohn 17,877 41.87%
overvotes 117 %
undervotes 6,343 %
Totals 49,160 100%


  1. ^ a b "Your Council Member: Councilmember Kevin McCarty". City of Sacramento. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Our Staff: Kevin McCarty, Legislative Advocate". Preschool California. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Campaign website
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