By DANIELLE SUGAI, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn has produced several successful politicians, and on Nov. 3, Jewell Jones is hoping to add his name that list.
Jones, 20, is actively campaigning for a seat on Inkster’s City Council in District 4, while still a full-time student at UM-Dearborn.
A lifelong resident of Inkster, Jones said although no one in his family is a politician, they have always been active in the community and in politics. He said he sees politics as his path in life.
Jones, a political science and finance dual-major, is a junior and plans to graduate in the spring of 2017, even if elected.
He is affiliated with many organizations on campus including the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the Black Student Union (BSU), and the Student Veteran Association (SVA).
“Sometimes it’s a little difficult to balance school and the campaign,” Jones said, “but I just take it each day at a time and figure out how to get the most out of my time.”
In the past two years he has been a staff member on campaigns for Sen. David Knezek and Inkster Mayor Hilliard Hampton.
“I was at different political conventions, including a conference in Washington D.C., and they were discussing being more active in your community,” Jones said. “So when the election rolled around and the seat was open, I figured this is the right thing to do.”
Jones said he was able to get to know Senator Knezek, a UM-Dearborn alumnus, while working on the campaign, and now considers him a mentor and friend.
Jones also spoke about professors that he has built relationships with outside of the classroom and his appreciation for their guidance.
“Jewell has ideas that a lot of people his age don’t have about the future,” said Dr. Kevin Early, one of Jones’ professors. “He wants to bring about change to the community and I think he can do that if he has the right support system. If he can succeed in changing the culture, then he can transform the community.”
“Jewell is a very sincere and hardworking student,” professor Shirley Edwards added. “He is kind to people and wants to do what is right.”
Jones said he has greater political aspirations, but he’s “just laying the foundation now.”
He said that since many members of Inkster’s City Council have remained unchanged for many years, his election would be a bit of a radical change.
“I think he has youth to his advantage, and with that comes energy and ideas. He’s a dreamer and he’s clearly a leader,” Dr. Early said. “Being the optimist that I am, I am confident he will win.”
“I think that the citizens of Inkster are truly ready for change, and this election gives them the opportunity to change the culture of our city,” Jones said. “It’s time to get to work and bring along some real change in Inkster.”
The Inkster elections take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
To learn more about Jones’ campaign, you can visit his website at: democracy.com/jewellforinkster