Raised in the Queesbridge Housing Project by a single mom, he now is one of those seeking to oust incumbent City Councilmember Al Vann, who's held office (first as Assemblyman, then as Councilman) for 35 years.
In his own words, Jones says he is "no stranger to overcoming adversity" and "is proud to be a part of the great tradition of Brooklyn."
As for his call that there be debates in the seemingly crowded 36th Councilmanic District race, Jones laments that debates have not been part of the political tradition in Central Brooklyn.
"When was the last time a debate occurred for the 36th District City Council seat?" he demands to know.
We confess that we don't know. But anyone with an answer to that question is invited to reply in a comment or to email us at email@example.com.
A few lines below here we add link so that you can read Jones' "Open Call for Debates," which he addresses to other candidate in the race.
Jones ends his exhortation with the following words: "THIS YEAR’S DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION WILL BE AND MUST BE EARNED. Candidates of integrity and honor know this! The days of getting elected in the 36th District based off of name recognition must end!"
There are now more than half a dozen candidates in the 36th District race. We hopefully will be covering this interesting episode in Bed-Stuy's political history from the vantage point of the Net.
As does fellow (that is, female fellow) candidate Tremaine Wright, Jones says that the idea of "change" is an important one in the community.
This idea of change may, in fact, turn out be what unites the various candidates, who presumably will be distinguishing themselves from each other, philosophically, politically, etc., in the coming weeks.
How about change as a sing-song theme?
For a history of that tune, see previous BrooklynRon post.