David J. Canepa is a fourth generation San Mateo County resident who grew up in Pacifica before settling into Daly City, where he currently resides with his wife Ana and young son David Piero. He is a former Daly City mayor and currently serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District Five, which includes the cities of Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, Broadmoor Village and parts of San Bruno and South San Francisco.

He was elected to the board in November 2016 by winning 64 percent of the vote.

During Canepa’s first year in office, the Board of Supervisors approved a $15 million allocation for a vital seismic upgrade project for Seton Hospital, the north county’s primary health care provider and Daly City’s largest employer. As a board member of the Health Plan of San Mateo, Canepa also approved a short-term $20 million loan to Seton as it transitioned to new ownership follow the hospital’s sale by the Daughters of Charity. Canepa pledged during his campaign for the Board of Supervisors to do everything he can to keep the hospital open, a pledge he continues to make.

As the liaison to the Commission on Aging, Canepa is also a strong advocate for the county’s aging population. He co-sponsored an Age-Friendly Cities Summit in 2017 and has partnered with Aging and Adult Services to educate older Americans on how to prevent financial elder abuse.

He has also partnered with the local Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program to warn older Americans on the potential for fraud and identity theft related to a switch Medicare is making to its ID cards. As a member of the San Mateo County Medical Center Board of Directors, Canepa oversees budgets and policies related to indigent care.

Public safety is a high priority for Canepa, who partnered with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office to implement an Internet Safety Exchange Zone at the Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, making the county the second in the state to implement. While on the Daly City council, Canepa successfully lobbied the council to implement the zones. The zones are safe places for buyers to meet sellers to exchange items purchased online.

In 2017, the board also earmarked an historic $47.5 million toward the construction and preservation of affordable housing as rents hit all-time highs in San Mateo County. One of the projects supported by the board is the reconstruction of Midway Village in Daly City, which will be transformed from about 100 units of gardenside apartments to 500 units of completely affordable housing with a new park, community center and childcare center.

Canepa sits on the Coalition for Safe Schools and the First Five Commission. The coalition has developed the Big Five, the five immediate action responses in any school emergency. The First Five Commission is dedicated to improving the outcomes of the county’s youngest residents.

The environment is a top priority for Canepa as he sits on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The air district holds industries accountable for the pollution they create and subsidizes programs that remove vehicles from the road that emit dangerous levels of greenhouse gases.

Canepa also sits on the City/County Association of Governments and the Association of Bay Area Governments. ABAG is comprised of officials from nine Bay Area counties and helps local governments meet their planning and research needs related to land use, environmental and water resource protection, disaster resilience, energy efficiency and hazardous waste mitigation. C/CAG deals with transportation issues, air quality, stormwater runoff, solid waste and recycling and is comprised of all cities 20 cities in San Mateo County.

On the Emergency Services Council, Canepa chairs a joint powers agency that oversees the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services. The OES is responsible for responding to regional natural disasters such as earthquakes and wildfires. It is also the agency that would respond to any terrorist threats.

Housing, transportation, public safety, health care and issues related to older Americans will continue to top Canepa’s priority list as he works to implement transformative policies that will lead to a better quality of life for all San Mateo County residents.