|Member of San Diego City Council from the 5th District|
December 2008 – December 2012
|Preceded by||Brian Maienschein|
|Succeeded by||Mark Kersey|
September 14, 1974 |
|Residence||Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
|Website||Carl DeMaio for Congress|
Carl DeMaio (born September 14, 1974 in Dubuque, Iowa) is a Republican politician living in San Diego, California. He served one term as a member of the San Diego City Council, representing District 5 from 2008 to 2012.
In May 2013, DeMaio announced his candidacy for California's 52nd congressional district, challenging incumbent Scott Peters. Under California's "top two" primary system, he will run against Peters in the November 2014 general election.
Life and business career
DeMaio was born in 1974 in Dubuque, Iowa to a pair of teachers, Carl Joseph DeMaio and Diane M. DeMaio (née Elgin). His family moved to Orange County, California in the late 1970s. He attended St. Catherine's Military Academy, a Catholic school in Anaheim, through eighth grade; in 1989 he got a scholarship to Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland. His mother died in 1990; his father is estranged. He graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1993, then attended Georgetown University, where he received a degree in International Politics and Business.
While attending college, DeMaio worked as a political intern in Washington, D. C., then worked for the Congressional Institute, serving as the Institute's Director of Planning. He worked in Washington from 1994 to 1999. After college, he established The Performance Institute, a for-profit think tank that provided training for government officials, followed by the American Strategic Management Institute, which provided financial and management training to corporations. He sold both companies to the Thompson Publishing Group in late 2007.
DeMaio moved to San Diego in 2002. That year he appeared in front of the San Diego City Council to present an award to the city for having the most efficient government in California. He later alleged this award was based on "false and misleading" financial data provided to him by the city. In 2004, he claimed that San Diego's predicted budget deficit of $27 million was in fact closer to $80–$100 million.
DeMaio is known for his controversial advocacy of change in San Diego's budget process. He has also lobbied for a federal law that would impose rules on public pension plans modeled after ERISA.
San Diego City Council
DeMaio ran for the termed-out Brian Maienschein's District 5 San Diego City Council seat in the nonpartisan 2008 election. At the time, District 5 included the neighborhoods of Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Sabre Springs, Mira Mesa, Sorrento Mesa, Scripps Ranch, and San Pasqual Valley.
He won the seat in the June primary election, defeating his opponent, former Solana Beach Fire Chief George K. George, with 66% of the vote. DeMaio was the first openly gay man to be elected to the council, and also the first Italian American elected to office in the city of San Diego since the 1930s.
As a council member, DeMaio was vice chair of three committees: the Natural Resources and Culture Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee, and the Audit Committee.
While a member of the City Council, DeMaio released a number of studies and proposals on city employee compensation packages and pension benefits, arguing that salaries and benefits of city employees should be reduced to levels consistent with the local labor market. He also opposed a proposal to build a new San Diego central library, saying the city could not afford it.
DeMaio was accused by then-City Council President Ben Hueso, a Democrat and political opponent, of masturbating in public restrooms during breaks in Council meetings. DeMaio called the accusation a 'vicious rumor', and released polygraph results which supported his denial.
Pension Reform Initiative
DeMaio was the primary author of San Diego's June 2012 Proposition B, entitled "Amendments to the San Diego City Charter Affecting Retirement Benefits," and he led the drive to put it on the ballot. Proposition B proposed (1) limiting of compensation used to calculate city employee pension benefits; (2) eliminating defined-benefit pensions for many new city employees, substituting a defined-contribution (401(k)-style) plan; (3) requiring substantially equal pension contributions from the City and employees; and (4) eliminating the right of employees/retirees to vote to change their benefits.
Other ballot initiatives
In 2010, DeMaio supported the addition of a citizen initiative to the November ballot that would have made it easier for the city to outsource jobs. However, the measure was rejected by the county registrar of voters after a random sample concluded that DeMaio had not gathered enough valid signatures. After the ballot measure was rejected, San Diego CityBeat reported that a committee called "Reforming City Hall with Carl DeMaio" had paid $16,000 to Hale Media Inc., a company owned by DeMaio’s boyfriend, for signature gathering. When CityBeat contacted Johnathan Hale, he said he hadn’t done any paid work for the campaign, but had only volunteered and taken photos. A campaign spokesperson said the money was reimbursement to Hale Media for paying the interns who were collecting signatures.
DeMaio also campaigned against a proposal to boost the city's sales tax by a half-a-billion dollars over five years. He argued instead to reduce the budget deficit through spending cuts and pension reform.
In November 2010, DeMaio released a five-year fiscal reform plan dubbed the "Roadmap to Recovery," advocating for a variety of pension reforms, the reduction of city employee salaries and benefits, and the opening of city services up to competitive bidding.
Campaign for Mayor
In 2011, DeMaio filed papers declaring his intention to run for Mayor of San Diego in 2012, when mayor Jerry Sanders would be retiring due to term limits. In June 2011, he formally declared his candidacy. He was endorsed by the San Diego County Republican Party in March 2012. In the June 5 primary he placed first with 31.42% of the vote and advanced to a runoff election against U.S. Representative Bob Filner in November.
The U-T San Diego, under the new ownership of Republican real estate developer Doug Manchester, published two front-page editorials endorsing DeMaio before the June 2012 primary. The Voice of San Diego described the editorials as unprecedented: "Actually, they weren't even on the front page — the editorials were wrapped around the page as though they were even more important." 
On election day, DeMaio lost to Filner, 52.5% to 47.5%.
Campaign for Congress 2014
On May 30, 2013, DeMaio announced his intention to run for Congress in 2014 against incumbent Scott Peters. He is one of three openly gay Republican candidates for Congress in the 2014 elections. In February 2014, DeMaio became the first Congressional candidate to feature his same-sex partner in a campaign ad.
In the June 2014 primary, he came in second to Peters with 36% of the vote, ensuring DeMaio a place on the ballot in the November 2014 general election.
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