Arkansas native Chris Jones announced his Democratic campaign for Governor of Arkansas in downtown Pine Bluff and in a launch video released on social media.
While Jones was the Director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, he focused on rebuilding an organization that could use science and technology to open doors of opportunity for all Arkansans. Under Jones’s leadership, the Innovation Hub developed programs that address social inequities, reach underserved communities in every corner of our state, and inspire innovation and entrepreneurship.
“The last few years have shown how much political division can tear us apart. The reality of this moment in our nation’s history is that if we want our politics to be different, we have to be different. Other candidates may try to divide us in this election. But I’m not running for governor to fight a culture war or to go on cable news. I’m here to bring Arkansans back together with a campaign that brings out our best.
His efforts supported small business owners across the state and provided job training to support access to the workforce. Among several other programs he led, he also helped students develop technical skills, receive mentorship, and increase literacy. During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones organized a team of more than 260 Arkansas makers to help make and supply critically needed PPE.
“After the pandemic we’re ready for a real recovery. One that reaches every community. We want life to get back to normal, but not a return to the status quo. We want new goals, new possibilities, and new leadership that doesn’t shy away from challenges, and instead, dares to dream big.
Jones grew up eating honeysuckle and riding dirt bikes in Pine Bluff. “My family was here before Arkansas became a territory in 1819. I am a preacher’s kid and my parents were also educators and entrepreneurs. Despite the fact that my grandparents only had a 3rd grade education and we were in a constant state of financial stress, my parents were crystal clear that getting an education and serving others was a must.”
Jones holds five degrees: bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from Morehouse College; master’s degrees in nuclear engineering and technology and policy, and a Ph.D. in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“I’m in this race to rebuild our infrastructure. To invest in healthcare and education. To extend access to rural broadband. And to give Arkansans the tools we need to compete.
Read more about Chris Jones at https://chrisforgovernor.com.
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