CDA member announces candidacy for Assembly

Jim Wood, DDS, has announced plans to run for State Assembly District 2 in 2014.

A practicing family dentist for more than 26 years, Wood said, “I know firsthand how tough it is for our profession right now. I want to promote change that supports dentistry as a profession and ensures excellent care for patients.”

Wood has been a strong voice in CDA for more than 15 years, using the legislative process to promote issues and bills important to dentistry. He has served on the CDA Government Affairs Council and Board of Trustees. He served as chair of CalDPAC from 2005-06 and 2008-12, ensuring that CDA could forge strong relationships with key members of the Legislature.

“It will be invaluable to our profession to have Dr. Wood serving in the Assembly,” said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS. “With the increasing challenges we face from a changing dental insurance industry, slow economic recovery and national health care reform, the timing could not be more critical to have an experienced advocate for dentistry in the Legislature.”

If elected, Wood could spend the next 12 years serving in the Legislature.

A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, and the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Wood is politically active in his hometown of Healdsburg. He has served for 11 years in a variety of roles, from the planning commission to city councilmember and mayor, and he is currently finishing his second term on the City Council.

A nationally recognized expert in forensic dentistry, Wood is co-founder of the California Dental Identification Team. He is a forensic dental consultant to the California Department of Justice Missing/Unidentified Persons Unit and six Northern California counties. As a member of the federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Wood helped identify victims of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

“We’re excited about the dentists’ perspective that Dr. Wood would bring to the Assembly because we’ve seen firsthand the benefit of having two CDA-member dentists, Sam Aanestad and Bill Emmerson, in the Legislature for almost two decades,” said Robinson. “I encourage you to get involved to help make Dr. Wood’s campaign a success.”

For more information about Wood’s campaign and to get involved, visit jimwoodforassembly.com.

How to Donate to Dr. Wood’s campaign

Visit jimwoodforassembly.com or
by sending a check to:

Jim Wood For Assembly 2014,
401 Center Street, #18,
Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Topics: Advocacy