Small business owner and former Ceres Mayor, Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), today took office as the new Senator representing the 12th District which encompasses the Central, Salinas and San Benito Valleys. Cannella was sworn in at the State Capitol this morning and was joined by family, including his father – a Democrat and former Assemblyman – Sal Cannella.
“I take great pride in the confidence voters have placed in me to be their voice in Sacramento. Getting Californians back to work and fixing our broken budget system will be my top priorities at the Capitol,” said Cannella.
Anthony served in his hometown of Ceres on the Planning Commission, City Council and two terms as City Mayor. Under his leadership, the City of Ceres repeatedly produced balanced budgets, built financial reserves exceeding 25 percent of its annual budget by cutting costs, and streamlined decision-making to make government more efficient.
While reducing waste, Anthony prioritized funding for public safety programs. On his watch, the Police Division received funding for 21 new police officers and the Fire Division expanded the number of fire houses.
Anthony was raised with an appreciation for public service which he learned from his father, former Assemblyman Sal Cannella. In addition to his duties as mayor, Anthony served as a member of the executive committees on the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance. He is also a past member of the American Red Cross and past executive committee member of the Stanislaus Council of Governments.
A life-long Central Valley resident, Anthony graduated from the University of California Davis and began his professional career in a civil engineering firm.
He founded two successful civil engineering businesses. He and his business partners continue to operate Northstar Engineering today. As a business owner, he understands firsthand just how difficult the Legislature has made it to start a business and create jobs.
Anthony and his wife, Julie, are the parents to four children.