By Debra Moore
A third candidate has joined the fray to represent the newly formed 3rd Congressional District, which includes Plumas County. Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones made the announcement today, joining Dr. Kermit Jones and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley.
In making the announcement he said in part, “I’ve spent 33 years on the front line of law enforcement. I think everyone knows I’m not always politically correct, and that I ‘call it like I see it.’ Crime and lawlessness are growing. Nothing is being done to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. That is why this election is all about who has the leadership and experience to make a difference, and who will restore law and order in America.”
Following the 2020 Census, congressional district lines were redrawn and Plumas will no longer be part of the 1st Congressional District following this year’s election.
The newly formed third district includes all of Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties. It also includes parts of El Dorado County and Yuba County, as well as the Folsom area of Sacramento County.
There is no incumbent running for the third district. John Garamendi had represented the Third District, but now he’s in the 8th District following the post Census changes, and Tom McClintock, had represented portions of the third district before the lines were redrawn, but now he is in the 5th.
So who will represent Plumas County in Congress? It won’t be Doug LaMalfa, who is running to retain his seat in the First Congressional District.
The following biographies are from the candidates.
Sheriff Scott Jones
For his entire adult life, Sheriff Scott R. Jones has sworn an oath to protect the citizens of Sacramento County and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Through his service in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, he strives to give a voice to the voiceless, stand up for what’s right, and defend those who are unable or unwilling to protect themselves.
Starting with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office in 1989, Sheriff Jones rose through the ranks, earning the respect of his peers and the community alike. First elected Sheriff by the people of Sacramento County in 2010, Sheriff Jones was re-elected unopposed to a second term in 2014.
A testament to the deep inroads he’s made with a wide array of community groups, faith-based organizations, businesses, and individuals alike, Sheriff Jones was resoundingly re-elected to a 3rd term in June 2018, securing nearly 75,000 more votes than his closest competitor, and more votes than all three of his opponents combined.
As the 36th Sheriff of Sacramento County, Sheriff Jones boasts a stellar record of accomplishments. He led the Department out of the worst financial crisis of its history and helped rebuild it into the most diverse law enforcement agency in the region — including efforts to recruit and promote women, minorities, and veterans. Increased community engagement and continued innovation has been accomplished all within budget. In fact, Sheriff Jones has returned funds to the County year after year to be used for other community programs across the region.
Through his leadership, he’s implemented significant initiatives including creating a multi-jurisdictional Impact Division, which uses active intelligence to fight gangs and remove gang leaders. He also founded and established the Department’s first Community Relations Unit as well as the first Youth Services Unit, responsible for engaging thousands of children and young adults in activities and programs to keep them safe and off the streets.
Considered one of the foremost experts on law enforcement in California, Sheriff Jones has been invited to testify before the United States Congress and Executive Branch of the Federal Government on multiple occasions to provide boots-on-the-ground insight into the many issues facing our communities. In addition, Sheriff Jones regularly meets with national and state leaders, and has spoken on law enforcement issues for national and statewide news outlets. Furthermore, he serves as the Chair of the Central California Intelligence Committee and host of the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center.
Sheriff Jones holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento, and a Juris Doctor degree from Lincoln Law School. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, as well as the FBI’s National Executive Institute.
Sheriff Jones has been married to his wife Christy for 27 years, and together they have four wonderful children.
Dr. Kermit Jones
A doctor, Navy veteran, and lawyer, Dr. Kermit Jones was raised on a small farm in South Haven, Michigan, where he learned the importance of family, community and hard work.
As a practicing physician, Kermit has put his health care expertise to work, treating over 20,000 patients in rural areas, inner cities and overseas. He advocates for patients’ rights and ensures that all people receive high-quality medical care. When his mom, a nurse, was diagnosed with lung cancer, Kermit experienced firsthand many of our health care system’s biggest problems, like runaway prescription drug prices and unequal access to care. These experiences motivated him to run for Congress to ensure that no one is denied access to affordable, personalized health care. With the COVID-19 pandemic deepening the disparities in our health care system, Kermit believes that now is the time to create a system that truly puts patients first.
After our nation was attacked on September 11th, Kermit joined the Navy. While deployed in Iraq, he served as the Navy Physician for a Marine helicopter squadron, caring for U.S. Service Members and members of the community and ensuring that injured troops returned home safely. After returning from Iraq, Kermit served as a White House fellow in the Obama administration, where he had the opportunity to work on veterans’ health issues and make our health care system more accessible to everyone.
Kermit is running for Congress because he believes we need leaders who will put aside political games and focus on tackling the roots of our problems – whether it’s making sure that every American has access to high quality health care and prescription drugs, combating the climate change that is causing out of control wildfires, or taking care of the veterans who are dealing with mental health, housing and other serious issues.
For Kermit, it’s not about partisan politics, it’s about helping people. He’s never asked one of his patients if they are a Democrat or a Republican. Far too many D.C. politicians have forgotten what Kermit has learned from many years working alongside nurses, fellow U.S. service members, and community leaders: that American democracy means we’re all in this together. In Congress, Kermit plans to lead the same way he practices medicine – by listening, making evidence-based decisions, and putting people first.
Kermit has been a physician in northern California for the last four years, and lives there with his wife, a nurse practitioner, and two sons.
Kevin Kiley was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016 and has twice been reelected by substantial margins. In the 2020 election, he received more votes than any Republican in California history.
The son of a Special Education teacher, Kevin began his career as a high school teacher in inner-city Los Angeles, where he chaired the English Department and led his students to significant academic gains.
Later as an attorney, Kevin defended the U.S. Constitution in California courts and helped prosecute the civil case against China’s Huawei Technologies for intellectual property theft. He left private practice to become a prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General, representing the People of California in cases against violent felons. In November of 2020, Kevin and fellow legislator James Gallagher made use of their legal training by winning a trial against Governor Newsom for violating the separation of powers.
In five years in the Legislature, Kevin has authored groundbreaking new laws on freedom of speech, artificial intelligence, privacy, criminal justice reform, and protections for sexual assault victims, along with introducing the most significant school choice legislation in recent years. For his work advancing economic freedom, in 2020 he was named the national Legislator of the Year by the Association of Independent Workers.
Each year in the Legislature, Kevin has declined the per diem allowance, giving up $40,000 in income annually. He also declined a pay raise granted to the Governor and Legislature in 2021, and he has introduced legislation to end special perks like a private DMV office that is available exclusively to state lawmakers and their staff.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale, and a master’s in secondary education from Loyola Marymount. He has also served as an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law.