West Sacramento City Councilmember Norma Alcala Backs Dave Jones for State Senate

Sacramento, CA – Today West Sacramento City Councilmember Norma Alcala announced her endorsement of 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. Senate District 6 includes the City of West Sacramento, as well as the cities of Sacramento and Elk Grove, and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County.
Councilmember Alcala released the following statement regarding the endorsement:
“I wholeheartedly support Dave Jones in his campaign for the State Senate. Having worked closely with Dave on a range of issues, I know that he understands the challenges facing West Sacramento and the Sacramento region. But more than that, Dave has the experience to find the right progressive solutions and the skills and character to bring people together to get the job done. Dave Jones has always been a champion of equity and justice for all Californians. Our communities can count on Dave Jones to fight for us in the State Senate.”  

Norma Alcala was first elected to the West Sacramento City Council in November 2020. Norma is the Past President of the Washington Unified School District, where she was twice elected to the Board: in 2018 and 2014. Norma also serves as Northern Vice Chair for the Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party (CDP).

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.