University of Michigan-Dearborn student Jewell Jones, 20, is campaigning for a seat on Inkster’s City Council in District 4. The election is Nov. 3. (Shelby Lubienski/MJ)

By AMBER AINSWORTH, Editor-in-Chief and JACK VANASSCHE, Staff Writer

University of Michigan-Dearborn student Jewell Jones broke history again on Tuesday. Yes, again.

Last year, Jones was sworn in as the youngest member of the Inkster City Council when he was 20.

This year, Councilman Jones was running to fill a State Representative seat, and he got the votes. At 21, he will be the youngest State Representative ever in Michigan.

Councilman Jones will be filling former Rep. Julie Plawecki’s seat after her sudden passing earlier this year.

“You and I made history, yet again,” Jones posted on his Facebook page after his win.

He defeated Robert Pope of Garden City. Jones had 66 percent of the vote; Pope had 33 percent.

Jones is double majoring in political science and finance at UM-Dearborn. He is a member of the Black Student Union and the Student Veterans Association.

Jones also is in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).


  1. congratulations on your achievements; may you be a blessing to our michigan state legislators as a fresh voice of change.

  2. But… The Constituion explicitly states you have to be 25….

    Congrats to this gentlemen for the votes, but he legally cannot take office.

    • I’m he is a representative within the state government, not representing the state in Washington, the minimum age requirement is 21 get your facts right before you try to sound smart or people will think you’re an idiot.

    • Not in Michigan. You have to be at least 21 years old to be a State Representative in Michigan. The age can vary by state, but in Michigan it is 21.

  3. Congratulations to this remarkable young man!! This is how we advocate for change….be proactive NOT reactive!!

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