Hayes-Santos was elected in March 2016 and began his term as the District 4 Commissioner in May 2016. He was reelected for a three and a half year term in 2019.
His background is in entrepreneurship, and he has worked with multiple startups in the Gainesville area. He also serves on the Florida Diabetes Camp Board of Directors. He previously served on the City Beautification Board, Community Redevelopment Agency’s Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board, the Regional Transit System Advisory Board and the City of Gainesville Canvassing Board before being elected into office.
Hayes-Santos holds a Master of Science in International Business, a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Urban Planning from the University of Florida. He also has an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Fe College. He grew up in Gainesville and currently lives in northeast Gainesville.