Kevin McCarty

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Kevin McCarty
Kevin McCarty.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 7th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded byRoger Dickinson
Personal details
Born (1972-01-06) January 6, 1972 (age 46)
Sacramento, California
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSacramento, California
Alma materCalifornia State University, Long Beach (BA)
California State University, Sacramento (MA)

Kevin McCarty (born 1972) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 7th Assembly District, which encompasses a portion of the Sacramento metropolitan area.

McCarty is a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2014, he was a Sacramento City Councilmember representing the 6th district, which includes part of the eastern and southeastern parts of the city.[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 master's degree in public policy and administration from Sacramento State. Before his service as an elected official, McCarty served as policy director to former California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, and as an Assembly Budget Committee consultant to former Assemblymember Denise Moreno Ducheny.[2] He is a resident of the Elmhurst neighborhood.[1] While on the City Council, McCarty worked as a legislative advocate for Preschool California.

Work on city council[edit]

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.[citation needed] He is also known as a big advocate of gun control.[citation needed] He also works with creating after school programs for District 6 schools.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

6th District[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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
Total votes 40,311 100

2012 Election[edit]

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
Total votes 9,952 100

2014 Election[edit]

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
Total votes 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
Total votes 49,160 100

2016 Election[edit]

California's 7th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin McCarty (incumbent) 69,901 99.5
Republican Ryan K. Brown (write-in) 254 0.4
Libertarian Janine Kloss (write-in) 51 0.1
Republican Ralph Merletti (write-in) 43 0.1
Total votes 70,249 100.0
General election
Democratic Kevin McCarty (incumbent) 111,112 69.8
Republican Ryan K. Brown 48,097 30.2
Total votes 159,209 100.0
Democratic hold


  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.

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