California Insurance Commissioner election, 2010

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California Insurance Commissioner election, 2010
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Nominee Dave Jones Michael Villines
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 4,630,988 3,453,694
Percentage 50.6% 37.7%


Insurance Commissioner before election

Steve Poizner

Elected Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones

The 2010 California Insurance Commissioner election was held on November 2, 2010 to choose the Insurance Commissioner of California. The primary election was held on June 8, 2010. Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, a Republican, ran for Governor of California and did not seek reelection. Democratic Assemblyman Dave Jones, the winning candidate, will serve a four-year term from 2011 to 2015.


The following were certified by the California Secretary of State as candidates in the primary election for Insurance Commissioner.[1] Candidates who won their respective primaries and qualified for the general election are shown in bold.

American Independent[edit]

  • Clay Pedersen, retail manager



  • William Balderston, teacher and union organizer


  • Richard Bronstein, insurance broker

Peace and Freedom[edit]

  • Dina Padilla, injured worker consultant


Primary results[edit]


California Democratic Insurance Commissioner primary, 2010
Candidate Votes Percentage
Dave Jones 1,255,656 61.4%
Hector De La Torre 790,493 38.6%
Total votes 2,046,149 100.0%
Voter turnout 27.1%


California Republican Insurance Commissioner primary, 2010
Candidate Votes Percentage
Mike Villines 988,661 50.5%
Brian FitzGerald 972,315 49.5%
Total votes 1,960,976 100.0%
Voter turnout 37.5%


California Insurance Commissioner primary, 2010 (others)
Party Candidate Votes %
American Independent Clay Pedersen 39,843 100.0
Green William Balderston 20,803 100.0
Libertarian Richard Bronstein 18,011 100.0
Peace and Freedom Dina Padilla 4,012 100.0

General election results[edit]

California Insurance Commissioner election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dave Jones 4,630,988 50.6
Republican Mike Villines 3,453,694 37.7
Libertarian Richard Bronstein 362,037 4.0
Peace and Freedom Dina Padilla 282,037 3.0
Green William Balderston 241,085 2.6
American Independent Clay Pedersen 192,610 2.1
Invalid or blank votes
Total votes 9,162,451 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican


External links[edit]

Official campaign websites[edit]