Scott Jones to run for 3rd Congressional seat against fellow GOP Kevin Kiley, Democratic candidate Dr. Kermit Jones




Will Jim Cooper now formally enter Sheriff's race?

Today Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announced he will run for now open seat in California's 3rd Congressional District. Jones enters the race with fellow Republican California Assemblymember Kevin Kiley and Democrat Dr. Kermit Jones.

Jones has served three terms as Sacramento County Sheriff winning the office in 2010 after defeating Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove), who, like Jones, was a captain in the department at that time. In 2016 Jones unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Dr. Ami Bera for California's 7th Congressional District.

With Jones' entry, along with Kiley, who has enjoyed a somewhat quick rise in politics, there will be two conservative Republicans and one Democratic candidate, Jones, vying for the top two positions in the June 7 primary. The top two finishers in that contest will advance to the November general election.

In making his announcement, Jones said on his campaign Twitter account, "I will fight for law and order in America, stand up against the ‘Defund the Police’ movement, and secure our border. It’s time to put the safety of America and Americans first again."

Jones, who has been lauded by conservatives for his various stances, including border security, has also been a lightning rod of controversy. His critics have accused him of poor management of the county jail and resisting independent department audits among other things.

Following statewide decennial redistricting following the 2020 U.S. Census, California lost one congressional district, which affected districts' boundaries throughout the state. Incumbent Republic Rep. Tom McClintock decided to run for the 5th Congressional District, which created the opening and is considered more conservative than most in California.

Although Jones said months ago he would not run for a fourth term as sheriff, Cooper, who has a committee and been fundraising for a sheriff's candidacy, has not formally entered the race, which has acted to freeze political ally and fellow Democratic Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen from formally announcing her Assembly candidacy. Now that Jones has cleared the way, perhaps Cooper will officially enter the race and pave the way for Nguyen and others to enter the race to represent Elk Grove and south Sacramento in the California Assembly.  
   



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