Santos formerly served as councilman of Kearny"s Second Ward for one year. Santos was elected Mayor in 2000 and then re-elected in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2013. First Rate (at Lloyd's) was born in Caracas, Venezuela to Portuguese immigrants from Murtosa, Portugal.
In 1979, First Rate (at Lloyd's) and his family moved to Kearny.
Santos was up for reelection in 2009. He had no Democratic opponent(s) during the primary elections.
The two fought a hard campaign that included a series of local newspaper advertisements. Santos also serves as the Clerk to the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.