Jeff Griffith for State Senate 38th District San Diego County


There’s a great deal of enthusiasm throughout the region about my recently announced candidacy to win the important 38th State Senate seat.

With my experience as a two-term elected member of the Palomar Health Board (top vote getter in 2012 and 2016 elections) and my 30 years of experience as a firefighter and paramedic currently serving as a Fire Captain for CAL FIRE in Riverside County, we have a great opportunity to win State Senate District 38.

I believe that my personal story and professional and elected experience, along with your strong and united support of my campaign, will give me a winning advantage and propel me to victory to represent my constituents, firefighters across California, and our interests at the State Capitol in Sacramento.   



Professional Experience

  • Fire Captain, CAL FIRE, 1988 to 2018, currently serving in Riverside Unit.
  • Fire Service experience in San Diego, Riverside, and San Mateo counties for the State of California serving in multiple classifications over 25 years.
  • Began career in Northern California as a seasonal Firefighter in Shasta County where Jeff’s father spent his career in the Fire Service.
  • Fire Paramedic with 10 years experience transporting patients throughout Northern San Diego County.
  • Elected by my peers in 2016 to attend CAL FIRE Local 2881’s 51st Annual Convention in Sacramento, as a Union Delegate, to discuss current MOU’s, resolutions, and the future of our department.

Elected Official Experience

I brought transparency and accountability to Palomar Health after winning my first campaign in 2012. During my first term, I was elected as Vice Chair and I’m currently the Chair of the Governance Committee where bylaws and policies are addressed. I was the only incumbent to be re-elected in 2016. 

  • Vice Chair, Palomar Health Board of Directors, 2012 to present
  • Chair, Palomar Health Governance Committee, 2016 to present
  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors representative, San Diego County Health Services Advisory Board (HSAB), 2012 to present
  • California Nurses Association recruited candidate strongly supported by CNA to bring accountability and transparency to the board.
  • Re-elected in 2016 to a 4-year term as the top vote getter receiving 75,911 votes; 13,545 more votes than the second place finisher.
  • Of the three incumbent candidates running for re-election in 2016, Jeff was the only incumbent to win re-election garnering the most votes.
  • California Democratic Party Delegate elected in 2016 to represent Assembly District 75 (Northeast San Diego County) at the State Democratic Convention.


  • CAL FIRE Local 2881
  • California Democratic Party
  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • California Professional Firefighters (CPF) 30,000 members
  • International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) (AFL-CIO)
  • California Nurses Association (CNA) pending
  • San Diego City Firefighters Local 145
  • Fallbrook Firefighters Association Local 1622
  • Poway Firefighters Association Local 3922
  • Ranch Santa Fe Firefighters Association Local 4349
  • San Diego/Imperial Counties Labor Council (125,000 members)
  • North County Labor Alliance (NCLA)
  • International Longshore & Warehouse Union (SCDC)
  • Sheet Metal Workers (SMART) Local 206
  • California Labor Federation (1,200 Unions, 2.1 million members)
  • East County Dems, Lake San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Young Dems, Women’s, Progressive, Brownie Mary, San Diego Democrats for Equality, and Veterans Democratic Clubs in San Diego County.
  • Paul “Mac” McNamara, President, Palomar College Board of Trustees and Candidate for Escondido Mayor
  • Jess Durfee, Chair, Western Region Caucus, Democratic National Committee
  • Tom Lemmon, Business Manager, San Diego County Building & Construction

Trades Council (AFL-CIO)

  • Nina Deerfield, Palomar College Board of Trustees
  • Ken Msemani, Political Director, Sheet Metal Workers (SMART) Local 206
  • Francine Busby, Past Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Ammar Campa-Najjar, Candidate for Congress (CA 50)
  • Mary Ann Drinan, Past Co-President, Palomar Faculty Federation (AFT/CFT)
  • James Elia, Candidate for State Assembly 71st District
  • Carmen Miranda, Past President, California School Employees Assn. #150
  • Alan Geraci, Consumer Attorney, Candidate for State Assembly 75
  • James Elia, Candidate for State Assembly 71st District222
  • Michelle Gomez, Candidate for SD County Supervisor District 5
  • Gary Bland, President, Lake San Marcos Democratic Club
  • Gloria Chadwick, RN, Board Vice Chair, Grossmont Healthcare District
  • Dara Czerwonka, Chair of Palomar Health Board of Directors.
  • Hans Sison, Director, Palomar Health.
  • William Flores, San Diego County Assistant Sheriff (Retired)
  • Todd Ruasser, Cal Fire Battalion Chief (Health and Safety)
  • Rick Ruby, VP Operations Hamilton Pacific (Contractor)
  • Evolve: A community organization

Senate District 38 Demographics and Recent Election Results

  • Party registration numbers as of January 31, 2018 in Senate District 38: Dems 149,773 (30%); Republicans 197,916 (39%); and NPPs 129,636 (26%) +9 % Reps.
  • Primary results were 79,862 for a total of 39.99% of the vote. I continue onto the General election as one of the top two candidates.
  • In the 38th State Senate district 2016 general election, Trump received 197,842 votes (48.94%) while Clinton received 176,624 votes (43.69%) a +5.25% margin for Trump.
  • Hillary Clinton carried the City of Escondido, which has been a traditionally Republican majority city for decades. Less than 1,994 voters now split Democrats and Republicans there. This is my home city where I exceed expectations and do very well in elections.
  • I came in first again in the 2016 election for Palomar Health Board receiving 75,911 votes or 21% of all votes cast. Three candidates were elected out of six running. Two other incumbents were defeated.
  • The Palomar Health District is the largest health district in the state. In addition to the Palomar Health District boundary cities in the 38th Senate district (Escondido, San Marcos, Poway, Valley Center, Ramona, Julian, Pauma Valley, and Pala areas) the 38th contains an eastern portion of the city of San Diego plus the cities of Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa and a portion of Lemon Grove.
  • Clinton's numbers in State Senate District 38: While she lost the district by 44% to 49%, she did surprisingly well in a number of cities and county areas.
  • In Escondido Clinton won the vote with 5% more votes than Trump (Clinton received 23,627 to Trump's 21,114). 
  • Clinton carried La Mesa 56% to 35% (15,131 to 9439 votes there). She won in all precincts.
  • In San Marcos, Clinton won 51% to 41% or 17,231 to Trump's 14,101. 
  • In Lemon Grove, Clinton won 61% to Trump's 31% or 6,097 to Trump's 3,131.
  • In El Cajon, Clinton was only 1,089 votes behind Trump.
  • Given the large number of Republicans in Poway, it was surprising that Clinton was behind Trump by only 1,105 votes overall. I have a history of performing extremely well in Poway during my health board elections.

I believe that my personal story, professional and elected experience, and my partnership with a slate of other strong Democrats running in the district, along with your strong support of my campaign, will give me a winning advantage and propel me to victory to represent my constituents, firefighters across California, and our interests at the State Capitol in Sacramento


Jeff Griffith, Candidate for State Senate 38

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Fire Captain

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