CDA member elected to State Assembly

Jim Wood, DDS, a general dentist from Healdsburg and CDA member since 1983, was elected to the California State Assembly in a landslide victory on Nov. 4. Wood, a Democrat, earned 63.8 percent of the vote in the 2nd Assembly District, compared to 36.2 percent for Republican opponent Matthew Heath.

The 2nd Assembly District encompasses all of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties, plus a portion of Sonoma County.

Wood will be officially sworn in to office on Dec. 1, and he will be the only dentist currently serving in the California Legislature. Under California's new term limits law, he is eligible to serve in the Legislature for up to 12 years. As a Democrat, Wood will be a member of the Assembly's majority caucus, putting him in a strong position to be an effective voice for the dental profession and patients, to share his expertise on oral health care, and to raise awareness of oral health care issues in the Legislature.

"Running for the State Assembly has been an incredibly rewarding experience," Wood said. "Having the support of my friends, colleagues and the incredible team at the California Dental Association has been greatly appreciated - and honestly I couldn't have done it without them. I am looking forward to my new role in representing my colleagues, my profession and all of the citizens in my Assembly District as a member of the California State Assembly."

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Wood has served as the mayor of Healdsburg and has served on the city council since 2006. He was also very active within CDA, serving for six years on the Council on Legislation (now the Government Affairs Council) and two years as council chair in 2003-04, as a CDA trustee from 2003-2006, and as president of the Redwood Empire Dental Society in 2000-01.

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