Sacramento, CA – Today, Dave Jones finished in first place with 68.03% of votes at the California Democratic Party’s Pre-Endorsement Conference for Senate District 8, finishing far ahead of second place finisher Angelique Ashby, who secured only 23.13%. Jones cleared by a large margin the party’s 50% threshold, so the endorsement will be taken up for another vote of the delegates at the California Democratic Party Convention in early March. At convention, only 60% of delegates are required to secure the endorsement.
Dave Jones released the following statement regarding the results:
“I’m proud to be a Democrat because our party fights for every Californian, for equity and justice, and for a brighter future for our state. Thank you to all of the delegates who voted in this pre-endorsement conference. The California Democratic Party’s endorsement has great weight; it represents the values of our party, and a serious responsibility comes with it. While we won a big victory here, I am eager to go to the convention where we are going to work hard to earn every delegate’s vote.”
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.