Sacramento, CA – Today, Dolores Huerta, an American civil rights icon and historic leader in the labor movement, announced her endorsement for Dave Jones for State Senate. Along with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta joins a growing list of organizations and elected and community leaders supporting Dave Jones.
Dolores Huerta released the following statement announcing her endorsement:
“Dave Jones’ record on justice and equity is second to none. He represented farmworkers fighting for their rights, authored legislation to close the gender pay gap, implemented healthcare reform to provide millions of Californians with health coverage, and fought to include undocumented Californians in Medi-Cal eligibility. Dave has always understood that progress is possible, and that justice is worth fighting for. I’m proud to stand with Dave Jones for State Senate.”
ABOUT DOLORES HUERTA
Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta is a lifelong activist, labor leader and civil rights champion. In 1955, Huerta co-founded and organized the Stockton Chapter of the Community Service Organization (CSO) to advocate for the welfare of migrant farm workers. In 1960, Huerta co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association to help build political power for migrant farm workers by registering voters and organizing. With César Chávez, Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962, which would later become the United Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee. In 1965 Huerta directed UFW’s national boycott during the Delano grape strike, successfully leading an effort to secure a collective bargaining agreement for farm workers. Huerta has fought for and led efforts to pass legislation protecting migrants and farm workers, expand voting rights, and advance gender equality.
Huerta founded the Dolores Huerta Foundation in 2002, and serves as its President. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with her most prestigious award, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Upon receiving this award Dolores said, “The freedom of association means that people can come together in organization to fight for solutions to the problems they confront in their communities. The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. The civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women’s movement, and the equality movement for our LGBT brothers and sisters are all manifestations of these rights. I thank President Obama for raising the importance of organizing to the highest level of merit and honor.”
ABOUT DAVE JONES
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.