SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announced Monday that he has filed to run for California’s 3rd Congressional District.
In a tweet, Jones said the announcement comes “after much contemplation, speaking with folks, and at the urging of my family.”
California’s 3rd Congressional District includes Alpine, Inyo, Mono Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties, as well as parts of El Dorado, Sacramento and Yuba counties.
On his campaign website, Jones said he “will be an advocate for fiscal accountability, border security, and restoring criminal justice to America’s communities,” as well as “investing in public safety.” He also said he would be outspoken about opposing the “‘Defund the Police’ movement.”
Jones announced last year that he would retire from law enforcement following the end of his current term after serving more than 33 years with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s time to step aside. Let somebody else’s vision and energy take the department to the next level,” he said.
His term is set to end following the Sacramento County’s sheriff election during the state primary in June.
Jones is just the latest to throw his hat into the race for the newly-drawn District 3. Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and physician and Navy veteran Dr. Kermit Jones have both announced they will be running.
Scott Jones ran and lost in the 2016 race for the 7th Congressional District seat. He was defeated by Rep. Ami Bera, a Democrat who has been in the role since 2013. Bera announced he is running for re-election in the 6th Congressional District.