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Jon Jones (City Council District 5 Candidate)

10/9/2013, 12:11 p.m.
Jon Jones (District 5 Candidate)
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Jonathan Jones (City Council District 5 Candidate)

Jonathan Jones, candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5. Election Tuesday November 5, 2013.

The Atlanta Voice and the Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood-based Developers (AHAND) held a non-partisan Candidate Forum on Community Development on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Georgia State University. 

For more info on Jones, visit: http://theatlantavoice.com/news/2013/oct/09/jon-jones-district-5-candidate/

Jonathan Jones, candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5. Election Tuesday November 5, 2013. The Atlanta Voice and the Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood-based Developers (AHAND) held a non-partisan Candidate Forum on Community Development on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Georgia State University. For more info on Jones, visit: http://theatlantavoice.com/news/2013/oct/09/jon-jones-district-5-candidate/

Campaign Web Site: www.JonesforAtlanta.com

City of Residence: Atlanta

E-Mail: jonathan.jones@whitehousegov.us

How have you served your district and the city best in the past?: As an agent in the global staffing industry, I have worked to expand the number of reputable jobs available to Atlanta’s workforce. And since 2010, I have striven to create a more perfect government in the city – one that listens, responds, and genuinely works on behalf of citizens’ best interests.

If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?: I plan to implement a system of direct democracy. I have designed an electronic interface that gives each resident the ability to vote on every bill brought before City Council. Through easy-to-use internet and telephone-based technology, I intend to significantly increase the input that citizens have in the law-making process.

Level of Education: Masters, Public Policy

Name: Jon Jones

Office Sought: Atlant City Councilman, District 5

Political Experience: Political Scholar

Prior Office(s) Held:

Profession: Economist

What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office?: My plan is to drastically improve the way that City Hall engages citizens. My proposed changes will give every resident of District 5 the power to vote on legislation, author new initiatives, and collaborate on policies that affect them. I want Atlanta to realize unprecedented levels of civic engagement.

What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: It is inevitable: 100 years from now, people of the future will be using technology to shape their government. Our generation has the unique opportunity to be a leader in the coming revolution. I'm running for City Council to make Atlanta the first city in America to have Direct Democracy.

What specific strengths do you bring to the position you seek?: Having a Councilperson who encourages voter participation and collaboration is vital. With a Business degree, and a graduate education from UCLA, residents of Atlanta’ 5th district can be sure that they have a skilled advocate in me; one who is uniquely qualified to bring much-needed change to City Hall.