Angelique Ashby and Dave Jones discuss top priorities

There is a heated race between two Democrats for the state senate seat in District 8, which includes Sacramento and Elk Grove. Former California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Sacramento City Council Deputy Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby are vying for the job. Learn more | November 2022 Election California Voter’s Guide: Northern California Races, Metrics You Need to Know KCRA 3 News asked each of the candidates what they thought was the biggest difference between them and their opponent. Jones said: “I am very proud, not only to have served in a number of public offices, I believe that public service is a calling. I have been a legal aid lawyer, a member of the city council, state assemblyman and insurance commissioner, but I’ve used each of those offices to help ordinary people.” Ashby said, “Well, I think on people’s questions, and we’ve heard that a lot, okay, that we’re pretty similar in terms of pro-choice and really both pro-environment and all those things, but the biggest difference between us is not really our political positions. The biggest difference between us is who we are as people and our lived experiences.” Ashby points out that if elected, she would be the first woman in 20 years to hold a seat. She even offered to include “women’s advocate” in her tittle on the November ballot until Jones successfully sued her. As a result, Ashby is listed as “Councillor” on the ballot. “His ballot designation is ‘conservationist’ and ‘educator’, and he was not a teacher. for voters,” Ashby said. In response, Jones said: “No, we have been very clear. As an educator, I give lessons. I attend conferences. educator. “In fact, his mentions include teachers’ unions, like the California Federation of Teachers. Ashby is backed by former Governor Jerry Brown and current Governor Gavin Newsom.” If you would have told me when I was 21 with a one year old sitting in a social services office asking for food stamps that one day I would run for state senate and the sitting governor would approve of me, I wouldn’t have believed you and yet here we are,” Ashby said. If elected, both candidates say tackling homelessness is one of their top priorities. “I’ve been proud of my own record on reducing resources,” Ashby said, referring to a hotel conversion project announced Thursday as part of Project Homekey. “Opportunities like this are needed. Discussing homelessness, Jones said it’s gotten out of hand. We’re providing money, but shelters aren’t being built,” he said. Redistricting, District 8 covers roughly the same area as what is now known as District 6. Named after 12 years in office.Countdown to the November election below.App Users , Click here.

There is a heated race between two Democrats for the state senate seat in District 8, which includes Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Former California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Sacramento City Council Deputy Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby are vying for the job.

| Learn more | November 2022 Election California Voter’s Guide: Northern California Races, Metrics You Need to Know

KCRA 3 News asked each of the contestants what they thought was the biggest difference between them and their opponent.

Jones said: “I am very proud, not only to have served in a number of public offices, but I believe that public service is a calling. I have been a legal aid lawyer, a member of the city council , state assemblyman, and insurance commissioner, but I’ve used each of those offices to help ordinary people.”

Ashby said: “Well, I think on the issues, people, and we’ve heard that a lot, it’s true, that we’re pretty similar in terms of pro-choice and really both pro-environment and all of those things, but the biggest difference between us isn’t really our political stances. The biggest difference between us is who we are as people and our lived experiences.

Ashby points out that if elected, she would be the first woman in 20 years to hold the seat.

She even decided to include “women’s advocate” in her title on the November ballot until Jones successfully sued her. As a result, Ashby is listed as “Councillor” on the ballot.

“His voting title is ‘conservationist’ and ‘educator’ and he wasn’t a teacher. So I think that might be a little misleading to voters,” Ashby said.

In response, Jones said, “No, we’ve been very clear. As an educator, I teach. I attend conferences. I research and publish papers. I advise students. That’s the role of an educator.”

In fact, its endorsements include teacher unions, like the California Federation of Teachers.

Ashby is backed by former Governor Jerry Brown and current Governor Gavin Newsom.

“If you had told me when I was 21 with a one-year-old, sitting in a social services office asking for food stamps that one day I would run for state senate and the incumbent governor would support me, I would not believe you and yet here we are,” Ashby said.

If elected, both candidates say tackling homelessness is among their top priorities.

“I’m proud of my own record of resource reduction,” Ashby said, referring to a hotel conversion project announced Thursday as part of Project Homekey.

A grand opening was held for Hotel Vista Nueva, a former Staybridge Suites that has been transformed into a permanent supportive housing community with 116 rooms to serve over 200 people. She said more opportunities like this are needed.

Discussing homelessness, Jones said the situation had gotten out of hand.

“I think the state needs to insist that cities and counties build shelters with mental health and addiction treatment and other services because they are not. money, but the shelters are not built,” he said.

Since the redistricting, District 8 covers roughly the same area as what is now known as District 6. The current senator in the seat, Dr. Richard Pan, was appointed after 12 years in office.

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