About Cary

About Cary

I am running for Salinas City Council because it’s time for new leadership.

I am a businesswoman and college educator who has a track record of balancing complex budgets, managing staff, and providing crucial educational resources for our youth.

I have been the owner of Salinas Sylvan Learning Center for the past thirteen years. During that time, I have employed more than fifty educators, directors and staff. Over one thousand students have increased their academic standing and future opportunities by attending Sylvan. I also teach American History at Hartnell College.

These experiences have allowed me to see firsthand the challenges many families and young professionals face in Salinas.

The City Council needs to find ways to provide quality housing our local workforce can afford. We also need to boost our Salinas economy. I will advocate for a Business Development Center for local start-ups and to attract new businesses.

As a lifelong educator I believe when you invest in our youth you are investing in our future and I will work hard to expand services offered at our community centers. Lastly we need to invest heavily in repairing our broken sidewalks and crumbling roads.


I humbly ask for your vote.



Podcast Feature

SUP and 831 Comadres feat Cary Swensen

Cary Swensen is running for City Council in Salinas’ 3rd district. She sits down with the Comadres Frenchy and Samantha, who will be joined by Oz from Salinas Underground Podcast for this series to talk about why she decided to run and what makes her different from her opponent. She also tells us how her background in education gives her a different perspective on the issues that matter here in Salinas.

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On the Issues

There are four issues I would like the City Council of Salinas to consider.

The State of California has received millions of dollars for infrastructure and Salinas needs to get our fair share for streets and sidewalks.

Salinas needs affordable housing. The City Council needs to find ways and means to attract contractors and cut costs for affordable housing.

Salinas needs a Business Development Center for start-ups and attracting new businesses.

District 3 needs Community Centers to provide safe places and services for youth and seniors.

Endorsed by those you trust

  • Wendy Root-Askew, Supervisor,
    Monterey County District 4

  • Anthony Rocha, Councilmember,
    City Council District 6

  • Janet Shriner, Board President, Marina Coast Water District

  • Christopher Barrera, Realtor and Community Leader

  • Andrew Sandoval, Santa Rita School Board Member

  • Marlene Garcia, Small Business Owner and Community Leader

  • Dr. Laura Solorio, Resident

Central Labor Committee

Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building & Construction Trades Council

Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Local 104

Monterey County Democrats

Monterey County New Progressives


Physical address for check donations:

S & H Taxes 1469
N Davis Road Suite A
Salinas, CA 93907
FPPC # 1450226 FB

*Check donors must include occupation or declare if retired.