Sacramento, CA – Today, Rafa Garcia, who received 13% of the vote in the primary election for State Senate District 8, announced his endorsement of Dave Jones for the upcoming general election. Jones finished in first place in the June 8 primary election, securing 46% of the vote, ahead of Angelique Ashby with 41% and Rafa Garcia with 13%. Rafa Garcia’s endorsement of Dave Jones is a major development in the campaign for State Senate District 8 as it further expands the already broad based coalition supporting Jones and brings with it Rafa’s successful outreach to 13% of voters.

In an endorsement video posted to his Facebook page and emailed to supporters, Rafa Garcia said:
“I want to start off once again by thanking everyone who supported me throughout my campaign for State Senate. And, although I don’t get to move on to the November election, I have confidence that Dave Jones will be a champion for workers’ rights, our healthcare system, and protecting our environment with community at its core. With that said, I proudly endorse and support Dave Jones for State Senate.” 

Dave Jones released the following statement regarding Garcia’s endorsement:
“Rafa ran an excellent campaign that reflected his deeply-held values and commitment to working families. Rafa ran on a platform aimed at empowering the most vulnerable, protecting immigrants, delivering real results for workers, and improving the quality of life for all. I am honored to receive his endorsement and I am proud to be working with him to advance our shared values.”

A full list of Dave Jones’ endorsements, including the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, can be found here

Rafa Garcia grew up in Hollister, an agricultural town off the central coast of California. Rafa is the son of immigrants from Mexico who worked tirelessly in both seasonal agriculture and construction. Rafa studied health care at San José State University, majoring in Therapeutic Recreation. While in school he volunteered with organizations supporting local youths and veterans and held leadership positions within student organizations. In 2011 he received his bachelor’s degree and soon after joined state service with the Department of State Hospitals then later at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. While working for the state, he focused on advocating for an improved quality of life for incarcerated individuals in the Mental Health system. While working at the California Health Care Facility, he was exposed to injustices towards his colleagues, and became active in the labor movement. Rafa became a union steward and helped colleagues through representation at the state personnel board, participation in labor-management committees, and overall organizing. For this same reason, and at the same time, Rafa pursued his law degree from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. As an attorney, Rafa continues to fight for workers’ rights as a Union Representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  Rafa lives near downtown Sacramento with his wife, Carmelita.