UFCW 8-Golden State Endorses Dave Jones for State Senate

Sacramento, CA – Today the largest UFCW union in Northern California, UFCW 8-Golden State, endorsed Dave Jones in his campaign for State Senate. Jones, who previously represented much of Sacramento in the State Assembly and served eight years in statewide office, is running for the 6th State Senate district.
In announcing the endorsement, UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall made the following statement: 
“Dave Jones is one of California’s most effective advocates for working people. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, frontline workers in supermarkets, drug stores, medical facilities, warehouses, and food processing plants kept our country moving forward. Dave understands that their work is always essential, and that all workers have a right to a living wage, to health care, and to a dignified retirement. He has a flawless voting record in support of working families. Dave Jones has always stood up for Californians fighting for equity and opportunity, and that’s why we’re standing with Dave Jones for State Senate.”

UFCW 8-Golden State represents around 30,000 workers in supermarkets, drug stores, warehouses, food processing plants and medical facilities from Bakersfield in the south to Redding, California in the north. These heroes are on the front lines doing all they can to ensure Californians have access to food, medicine and essential goods.

Dave Jones began his career as a legal aid attorney, providing free legal assistance to the poor with Legal Services of Northern California. In 1995, he was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious White House Fellowship. Dave served for three years as Special Assistant and Counsel to United States Attorney General Janet Reno.
As a Sacramento City Councilmember from 1999 to 2004, Dave authored groundbreaking laws  requiring developers to build more affordable housing, paying workers a living wage, and recognizing domestic partnerships. Dave represented Sacramento in the State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Dave authored 70 bills that were signed into law and was a champion for protecting consumers, expanding access to healthcare, building affordable housing, expanding early child education, protecting the environment, and fighting for working families.     
Dave served as California’s seventh Insurance Commissioner between 2011 and 2018, where he worked on behalf of 38 million Californians. In this role, he saved consumers and businesses over $3.11 billion in premiums by regulating rates for auto, homeowners, and other property and casualty insurance. He also implemented healthcare reform, including market reforms to protect consumers and expanded access to health insurance. Since leaving office as Insurance Commissioner, Dave has worked to combat climate change as a Senior Director for The Nature Conservancy and as the Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at UC Berkeley’s  Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE).
Dave is a graduate of DePauw University, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife, Kim Flores, are residents of the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento and are the proud parents of two children.