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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 79Short Term

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Marco Contreras

Small Business Owner
21,359 votes (33.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Save the American Dream by supporting policies to reduce taxes and regulations and provide job opportunities for those who need them most.
  • Reopen California schools and businesses safely using science
  • Promote fiscally responsible and accountable government

Experience

Education

University of San Diego Bachelor's, Economics (current)

Biography

Marco Contreras has lived the American Dream and knows that there is no other place on the globe that would have allowed him to accomplish all that he has in life. He has experienced the goodness of our country, and our city, and he wants you and your kids to have the same experience. Marco was born in San Diego, but grew up across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. In high school, Marco pursued his dream of playing football in the United States and began crossing the border daily to attend Marian Catholic High School in San Diego. He vividly recalls not speaking English and communicating with his peers and teachers through signs and smiles.

After the tragic events of 9/11/01, the two-hour wait at the border turned into five hours. In order to continue his academics and athletics, Marco’s football coach took him in at the age of 17. Marco went on to play football for the University of San Diego and graduated with a degree in Economics. 

Marco knows what it’s like to start from nothing. After a memorable night, digging for change in the couch so they could buy a groceries to share with their toddler, Marco decided to start his own business. He looked to his own mother, who set an example by taking a small loan from her family and building a successful business in Mexico. In 2013, Marco launched Rancho Customs Brokers which has grown exponentially in the last 8 years and opened the door to broader business opportunities within the customs and logistics industry.

There is greatness inside every human being, and Marco believes that is it the job of every elected official to fight for their community, so that every person can unleash the greatness necessary to fulfill their own American Dream.

Marco is married to Natalie, his high school sweetheart, and they raise their two beautiful children in Chula Vista. Both Marco and Natalie are passionate about serving their community through their local church. The Contreras family is deeply committed to integrity, justice, and the higher calling of service to others. This is the foundation upon which they have built their entire life.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $156,532

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Sustainable Interiors-Colin Higginbottom
$9,800
2
Employees of Lee Tile & Stone
$8,000
3
Employees of Rancho Customs Brokers
$5,500
4
DR Renovations, Inc.
$5,000
5
Employees of davisville properties
$4,900
5
Ernie & Fiona Weddings-Ernesto Padaon
$4,900
5
Employees of Genesis Fresh
$4,900
5
Employees of Pacifica Services
$4,900

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.61%
Oklahoma 0.33%
Texas 0.07%
99.61%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.15%)
Small contributions (1.85%)
98.15%

By Type:

From organizations (28.12%)
From individuals (71.88%)
28.12%71.88%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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— February 22, 2021 Contreras for Assembly 2021

Marco Contreras has lived the American Dream and knows that there is no other place on the globe that would have allowed him to accomplish all that he has in life. He has experienced the goodness of our country, and our city, and he wants you and your kids to have the same experience. There is greatness inside every human being, and Marco believes that is it the job of every elected official to fight for their community, so that every person can unleash the greatness necessary to fulfill their own American Dream.

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