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Jim Wood


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-2014 Democratic AD-02 85045 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic AD-02 138020 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic AD-02 128444 Win
11-03-2020 Democratic AD-02 162287 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic AD-02 129356 Win

Candidate Biography:

James David Wood, Jr.
Born: April 10, 1960 in Turlock, CA
Married: Jane (div. 2015-16), Jamie Garzot (engaged 2018)
Child: Alex

2000s: Forensic Odontologist, California Department of Justice Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
2002-2006: Member, Healdsburg Planning Commission
2006-2014: Member, Healdsburg City Council
2014: Mayor, City of Healdsburg
2014: Member, Healdsburg Marijuana Cultivation Task Force
2023-Present: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly

  • As a nationally-recognized expert in forensic dentistry, Wood has deployed as a member of a national emergency response team to identify victims following the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 243 (2015), which authorized regulations for medical marijuana and its cultivation, including authorizing a licensing and renewal fee for marijuana cultivators.
  • NATURAL DISASTER (LARGEST WILDFIRES): The first and third largest wildfires in California history (the August Complex fire in 2020 and the Mendocino Complex fire in 2018) occured primarily within State Senate districts represented by Mike McGuire and Jim Nielsen and and Assembly Districts Jim WoodJames Gallagher, and Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry.
  • NATURAL DISASTER (DEADLIEST WILDFIRE): The fourth-deadliest wildfire in California history (the Tubbs Fire in October 2017) burned nearly 15,000 acres and killed 22. It occured primarily within State Senate districts represented by Mike McGuire and Jim Nielsen and Assembly Districts Jim WoodCecilia M. Aguiar-Curry, and Marc Levine.
  • On November 10, 2023 (the final business day before the start of the nomination filing period for the 2024 election), Wood announced that he would not be seeking reelection; "Deciding not to run for my final term was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in many years. I can make a case to continue my work, but I believe now is the right time for me to change my focus... Many in public office say they are leaving for personal or family reasons, but that is very real for me. My mother has been in declining health and now requires an increasingly higher level of care and I want to be a meaningful part of that."

Source: California Assembly Handbook (2015)