Sacramento, CA – Today, West Sacramento City Councilmember Dawnté Early announced her endorsement of Dave Jones for State Senate. Councilmember Early joins a growing list of elected and community leaders and organizations supporting Dave Jones.

Councilmember Early released the following statement announcing her endorsement:
“Dave Jones is a champion for working families and has devoted his career to advancing equity and justice in public policy. Dave’s work, beginning as a legal aid attorney and continuing through his service as a City Councilmember, Assemblymember and California Insurance Commissioner, speaks to his commitment to fighting for people over corporations and communities over special interests. I hope you will join me in supporting Dave Jones for State Senate.”

In 2021, Dawnté Early won the special election for West Sacramento’s 5th Council District, and became the first Black councilmember in the history of the city.

Dawnté was born oversees on a military base as both of her parents proudly served our nation as members of the United States Air Force.  During high school Dawnté developed a love for basketball and became a leader on the girl’s basketball team at Folsom High School.  She received multiple scholarship offers for her basketball talents but selected a full academic scholarship to the historically black college and university (HBCU) Alabama A&M. After two years at Alabama A&M, Dawnté transferred to the University of California, Davis to be closer to her family. As a new mother, Dawnté learned to balance both academic and family responsibilities. Dawnté continued her education, earning her master’s in child development and PhD in human development with a minor in quantitative psychology from UC Davis. 

Dawnté started her career with the State of California serving as a public health researcher. Dawnté was then promoted to lead a joint research project between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). In 2019, Dawnté became the Chief of Research and Evaluation for the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. In addition to her role supporting Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, Dawnté served on West Sacramento’s Aging Commission for 7 years where she advised on city policies that support the health and wellbeing of older adults in West Sacramento.  

Dawnté is married to Norman West. They have two children ages 19 and 8 years old. Dawnté is a proud Elkhorn tiger mom, girl scout troop leader, and basketball coach for West Sacramento parks and rec league.