California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a Democrat from Sacramento, plans to run for state attorney general in 2018 in a potentially crowded field.
Jones, 53, filed papers that allow him to begin fundraising for the election now. He starts off with $2.6 million left over from previous campaigns.
“I have dedicated my life and my legal training to protecting California families,” Jones said in a statement. “I am ready and well-prepared to take on this challenge.”
Other Democrats who have filed statements of intention to run for the top prosecutor’s post include former state senators Lou Correa of Santa Ana (who is running now for Congress) and Ellen Corbett of San Leandro, and former Assemblyman Dario Frommer of Glendale.
Republicans who have filed required statements of intent to run for the office include San Bernardino County Dist. Atty. Mike Ramos and Assemblyman Donald Wagner of Irvine.
Jones is in his second term as insurance commissioner and will be forced by term limits to leave the office in 2018. A former state assemblyman, he cited his work combating insurance fraud and said his contesting of “unfair” insurance premium increases has helped save more than $2 billion for California consumers.
He is a graduate of DePauw University, Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.