Dan Monte is running for State Assembly to represent Marin and Sonoma counties. He is a longtime social justice activist who is deeply rooted in the community and has been on the frontlines of progressive politics for many decades.
Born in San Francisco, Dan moved to San Anselmo 25 years ago. He has lived, worked, and attended school in six of the nine Bay Area counties. He now lives in San Rafael with Bonnie, his wife of 37 years. They have two adult daughters who both attended Ross Valley public schools.
He was raised by his father, a union machinist, and his mother, a public health nurse and Montessori teacher. He attended St. Mary’s College and later earned his teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Dan worked as a general contractor for several decades, as a unionized public school math teacher, and as a Whistlestop paratransit bus driver. In 2007 he was elected as a delegate to the State Democratic Party and has been an alternate on the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee. He served as chair of the Progressive Democrats of Marin.
Dan has over 50 years experience in community organizing. He is a member of San Rafael Building Bridges, Health Care for All-Marin, the Gallinas Watershed Council, and the Environmental Forum of Marin. As a member of Marin County’s Think Before You Spray campaign, Dan is working to eliminate pesticides from our environment. Dan joined with United Marin Rising and the Canal Welcome Center to help create the Marin Rapid Response Network, which offers support for immigrants whose civil rights are under attack from the current administration and ICE.
Dan undertook a solo bicycle ride across America in 2015 to promote peace and environmental justice and to embark on a pilgrimage to meet the people of our country. The trip reinforced his conviction that Americans are more united than we realize. We all want a fair economy, a real democracy, and a society that treats all people with dignity and respect. That is the clarity of vision he plans to bring to Sacramento.