What they're saying: Politicians on social media - California State Senate candidate Dave Jones

Voters who have lived in the Sacramento region for any length of time, and for that matter statewide, probably recognize Dave Jones. The Sacramento-based Democratic politician served as California Insurance Commissioner, the California State Assembly, and Sacramento City Council.

This year Jones is making his reentry into politics by seeking the 8th District California State Senate seat. The newly configured district includes Elk Grove and most of Sacramento south of downtown. 

Along with his website DaveJonesforSenate.com, Jones has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Jones had pictures with Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen, Darren Suen, and Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen celebrating Lunar New Year in Elk Grove among recent Facebook posts. Interestingly, Singh-Allen had endorsed Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby, one of two other Democratic candidates seeking the seat. 

Jones, who uses Facebook on an almost daily basis, consistently posts endorsements from interests groups.

Like many politicians, Jones also has a Twitter account which he tends to update more frequently and interacts with others. For instance, on February 12, Jones had two Tweets and four retweets, one of which is below.

Even though he has fewer followers on Twitter versus Facebook, 3,246 compared to 9,000+ respectively, Jones tends to stake out more political stances on Twitter.  In recent months Jones' has expressed support for environmental issues with a focus on climate change.  

This was a retweet by Jones in December.
Last autumn, Jones also posted this in support of gun control legislation.

Along with Jones and Ashby, the third candidate seeking to advance from the June primary to the November general election is Democrat Rafa Garcia. Ashby is considered moderate while Jones and Garcia are progressive. 

According to his website:
"Since leaving office as Insurance Commissioner in January 2019, Dave Jones currently works as a Senior Director for The Nature Conservancy and is the Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE).  Jones is a recognized expert on climate change, climate risk, and financial regulation, has testified before Congress, and has contributed to numerous reports and recommendations urging financial regulators to address the systemic risk posed by climate change to the financial system and financial institutions. 

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