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Hi, I'm Rob



Dr. Roberto "Rob" Cancio is a published scholar, combat veteran, former educator, and community servant. He currently serves on the Board of Education for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD), and is a seasoned data executive with over 15 years of diverse industry experience in government, finance, and technology.


He was raised in Norwalk, and after graduating from NLMUSD, Dr. Cancio enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a cryptologist. His military service included two global deployments and was marked by accolades such as the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among others.


Dr. Cancio's contributions to academia include publications focusing on mental health, substance use, and violence among military populations.


Outside the professional realm, Dr. Cancio actively participates in various organizations and committees, including Kiwanis International, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. He also served on the 38th Congressional District of California Veterans Advisory and Service Academy Boards.


Dr. Cancio holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Miami, a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and A.A. from East Los Angeles College. Additionally, he has acquired certifications from Harvard University, the University of Florida, and Loyola Marymount University.


"It’s time for less bull, and more brains. That’s why I’m running."
- Dr. Rob Cancio

Latino ~ Veteran ~ Educator ~ Businessman

Prepared to deliver quality leadership with results for all

  • I believe that government must become more entrepreneurial, data-driven, and modern.

  • I believe increasing safety through a data-driven approach that leverages best practices and cultivates community partnerships.

  • I believe public service is a public trust and that mismanaging public funds is unacceptable.

  • I believe that government must be “by, for, and through” the people. 

  • I believe that there is more binding us together as a community than separating us.

  • I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that our system of government was designed to encourage compromise -- not a total victory by any one political faction.

  • I believe we are at a crossroads in our newly drawn district. We must commit to maintaining our unique identities and traditions while adapting to and preparing for, changing circumstances.

  • I believe we are capable of achieving more than one ambitious goal at a time.

  • I believe that a great society cannot tolerate extreme poverty and homelessness.

  • I believe that it is our responsibility to give our children a better quality of life.

  • I believe that broad-based economic growth is our best solution to growing inequality and societal discontent.

  • I believe that people deserve to feel safe in their community.

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