Jones celebrates win with Charles Belk. Photo courtesy Donavan McKinney.
Jones celebrates win with Charles Belk. Photo courtesy Donavan McKinney.
Jones celebrates win with Charles Belk. Photo courtesy Donavan McKinney.

By DANIELLE SUGAI, Staff Reporter

There will be a few new faces on Inkster’s city council, including a candidate with a tie to the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

On Nov. 3, Inkster residents elected current UM–Dearborn student Jewell Jones to the District 4 council seat.

Jones, 20, defeated opponent William Miller. He received 65 percent of the vote, compared to Miller’s 35 percent for the four-year seat, and takes over the seat held by Michael Canty for eight years.

“I’m just excited about my race and everyone else who got elected,” Jones said. “I feel like we are going to do some great things that are different from what used to be going on.”

Jones, a lifelong Inkster resident, ran on the platform of reinvigorating the city council in the hopes of improving the city’s infrastructure, police department and economic standing.

Inkster also elected a new mayor, Byron Nolen, and three new councilpersons in addition to Jones.

Jones watched and waited with family, friends and other Inkster candidates as votes were counted on Tuesday evening at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church. The Inkster race results were officially announced around 10:30 p.m.

Jones, a junior dual majoring in political science and finance at UM-Dearborn, said he has always been involved in politics but this is his first political campaign. He plans to graduate in Spring 2017 and is also involved with the Army ROTC program. He hopes to attend law school.

Jones is a political newcomer, but was feeling more confident in the polls the past few weeks.

“The way that everything was going, it seemed that it was going to work out this way,” Jones said. “Just to be in the moment and to find out that it happened the way everyone was saying it would, I’m over-excited and I’m ready to go to work.”

The new council will officially be inaugurated in January 2016.