Sacramento sheriff increases visibility for congressional run

Scott Jones stakes out positions on Iran nuke deal, Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a first-time congressional candidate, is torridly preparing for next year’s showdown with the man who currently holds his desired office, Rep. Ami Bera.

Over the past several weeks, the Republican candidate has gotten his message out in numerous ways, with his campaign issuing position-oriented releases against the Iran nuclear deal and Trans-Pacific Partnership, while Jones himself last week introduced a 7-minute YouTube video tutorial about how to react in an active-shooter situation.

While it’s not connected to his congressional bid, the sleek production—featuring a shotgun-toting gunman terrorizing workers in an office building—adds to Jones’ visibility as he introduces himself to constituents of a swing district that includes the incorporated cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove, as well as several unincorporated communities that the sheriff’s department patrols.

The video was produced by the Houston Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Bera, meanwhile, has struggled to nail down the endorsement of a local Democratic club upset with his voting record, including his support for a refugee-screening measure.