Dave Jones

Dave Jones, shown in 2013, has the support of many Democratic Party activists. He cruised to re-election last year. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
October 1, 2015

  • Jones is coming off an easy re-election
  • He lost his big rate-regulation ballot push
  • Jones could face an incumbent if Kamala Harris wins U.S. Senate race next year

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who last year mounted an unsuccessful initiative campaign to assume more control over health insurance rates, said Thursday that he plans to run for attorney general in 2018.

Jones, a Sacramento Democrat, begins his campaign for another statewide office with $2.6 million in campaign funds on hand and the support of many liberal party activists.

“I have dedicated my life and my legal training to protecting California families,” he said in a statement. “I am ready and well prepared to take on this challenge.”

It is unclear whether Jones will challenge for an open seat or be forced to campaign against a sitting incumbent, presumably from his own party. Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, is the favorite to claim the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016. If Harris wins, Gov. Jerry Brown would appoint someone to serve out the remaining two years of her term.

Among those being mentioned for the appointment are Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and former Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, all Democrats.

I have dedicated my life and my legal training to protecting California families. Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner

Democrats with campaign accounts to run for attorney general in 2018 include former senators Ellen Corbett and Lou Correa and ex-Assemblyman Dario Frommer. On the Republican side, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has said he is running and Assemblyman Don Wagner has an open account for 2018.

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