Vicente Sarmiento

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Challenger Status


Vicente Sarmiento graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in economics and received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Sarmiento attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and completed the Certificate Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Sarmiento and his wife currently own a financial law practice in Santa Ana. He has represented Ward 1 on the Santa Ana City Council since 2007. In 2020, he was elected Mayor of Santa Anna [8].

Sarmiento is the Director of the Orange County Transportation Authority. He is a member of the Santa Ana Discovery Cube Board of Directors, and a former member of the Board of Directors with the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). He has previously served as the President of the Orange County Water District Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the Transportation Corridor Agency, and Board Member with the Orange County Fire Authority [2].

Key Issues


Sarmiento wants to provide wrap-around services, provide job training, and provide medical services for those struggling with mental illnesses [2].


Sarmiento wants to restructure CalOptima, improve the delivery of healthcare, and focus on those impacted by the pandemic [2]. Sarmiento wants to expand Santa Ana’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco into other cities [7].


Sarmiento wants to address rising housing costs by increasing worker wages and benefits and limiting rent increases for individuals on fixed incomes such as seniors. He wants to increase eviction protections and help residents apply for state and federal rental assistance. He supports building more affordable housing and homeless shelters throughout Orange County [2].


Sarmiento wants to attract high-paying jobs by providing business incentives for hiring locally [2]. 


Sarmiento wants to increase government transparency and promote civic engagement [2]. He supports the city council’s new budget that was adopted on June 21st, 2022 [4].

Reproductive Rights

Sarmiento does not support the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. He supports abortion access and Planned Parenthood [4].


Gavin Newson, Governor State of California; Alex Padilla, United States Senator; Ricardo Lara, California Insurance Commissioner; Tom Umberg, California State Senator; Katrina Foley, Orange County Supervisor; Democratic Party of Orange County; Ada Briceno, Democratic Party of Orange County Chair; Lavender Democrats Orange County; Working Families Party; Feel the Bern Orange County; Orange County Labor Federation; United Food & Commercial Workers Local 324; Unite Here Local 11; Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers West; National Union of Health Workers; Teamsters Local 952; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 2076; United Domestic Workers; Service Employees International Union; Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys; Southwest Carpenters Union; Jonathan Ryan Hernandez, Santa Ana City Councilmember; Jessie Lopez, Santa Ana City Councilmember; Carolyn Torres, Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee; Dr. Rigoberto Rodriguez, Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee, Dr. Alfonso Alvarez, Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee; Sal Tinajero, Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee; David Crockett, Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee; Zeke Hernandez, Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee; Dr. Jose F. Moreno, Anaheim City Councilmember; Al Jabbar, Anaheim Union High School District President; Dr. Jose Paolo Magcalas, Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee; Ryan A. Ruelas, Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee; Juan Gabriel Alvarez, Anaheim Elementary School District President; Jackie Filbeck, Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee; Rebecca “Beckie” Gomez, Tustin Councilmember; Letitia Clark, Tustin City Councilmember; Allyson Damikolas, Tustin Unified School District Trustee; Walter Muneton, Garden Grove Unified School District Trustee; Ahman Zahra, Fullerton City Councilmember; Evangelina Rosales, North Orange County Community College District Trustee; Gina Clayton Tarvin, Ocean View School District President; Patricia Lock Dawson, Riverside Mayor; Veterans Alliance of Orange County; Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties; Cooperative Campaigns; CHISPA; Vecindario Lacy en Acción; Orange County Civic Engagement Table Action


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