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06/05/2014

CDA member Jim Wood wins Assembly primary race


Jim Wood, DDS, a general dentist from Healdsburg and CDA member since 1983, earned a convincing first place finish in the June 3 primary election in his bid for State Assembly.

Wood, a Democrat, is seeking to represent the 2nd Assembly District, which covers all or part of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity and Sonoma counties.

Wood outperformed another Democrat, a Republican and a Green Party candidate to earn 26,991 votes, just over 40 percent of the ballots cast:

Jim Wood (D) – 40.8% 
Matthew Heath (R) – 32.5% 
John Lowry (D) – 18.5%
Pamela Elizondo (G) – 8.3%

Wood will now face Republican candidate Matthew Heath in the Nov. 4 general election, but with a strong Democratic voter registration advantage in the 2nd Assembly district, Wood’s election is essentially secured.         

Once elected, Wood would become the only dentist currently serving in the California Legislature and he would be eligible to serve up to 12 years under the state’s new term limits law. As a Democrat, Wood would 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 by bringing greater awareness of oral health care issues to legislators.

“I am extremely grateful to my friends and colleagues in the profession for their support,” Wood said. “It was a critical component to my success in this race. I plan to continue to work hard during the summer and fall to be in a position to hit the ground running after the general election in November. I look forward to continuing my service to the profession and our patients in a new role as a legislator.”

Wood currently serves as the mayor of the City of Healdsburg. His service in Healdsburg began with his appointment to the city planning commission in 2002, followed by his election to the city council in 2006. He established his dental practice in Cloverdale in 1987 and quickly became active with CDA. After first becoming involved with the Redwood Empire Dental Society (where he served as president in 2000-01), he was appointed to the CDA Council on Legislation (now the Government Affairs Council) in 1998, and served for six years, culminating with two years as council chair in 2003-04, in addition to serving as a CDA trustee from 2003-2006.

Wood has also become a nationally recognized leader in forensic dentistry, serving as a member of the emergency response teams following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

For more information about Wood’s Assembly campaign, visit jimwoodforassembly.com.



Topics: Advocacy