2001-03-24 / Front Page

Gian Jones Announces Candidacy For City Council

Just when you thought you knew what is happening in the City Council race in the 31st District, a new candidate is officially entering the race. On Sunday, March 25, 2001, Gian A. Jones, a life-long resident of Far Rockaway, will announce his candidacy at the Bayswater Jewish Center, located at 2355 Healy Avenue, Far Rockaway.

Jones, 23, has been involved in the politics of this community for the past 10 years. He began his life of political involvement working closely with Greg Meeks in his first bid for City Council in 1991. He also helped Congressman Meeks in his subsequent campaigns for the State Assembly and Congress, all of which were successful. During Meeks’ first term as state assemblyman, Gian Jones served as a community liaison for the Rockaway community. Jones also worked on many other campaigns, including David Dinkins for mayor, Carl McCall for state comptroller, Floyd Flake for Congress, Mario Cuomo’s reelection bid, Juanita Watkins for City Council, and Hilary Rodham Clinton for United States Senate.

In addition to actively participating in politics in Queens, Gian Jones has also dedicated himself to community improvement and development, especially in the 31st District. As a teenager he served as president of the Ocean Village Youth Committee and as a senior member of the Manhattan Borough Student Council, advising the superintendent on student and policy issues for Manhattan high schools. Gian Jones is a past member of Community Board 14 and the 101 Precinct Community Council. At present, he is a member of the Queens County District Attorney’s African American Advisory Council. Jones also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, and he is a member of the Thurgood Marshal Democratic Club.

In keeping with the nature of his political and community involvement, Gian Jones plans to focus on the economic revitalization of the communities in the 31st District. Economic and commercial development will be central to his campaign and will form the cornerstone of his agenda if elected to the City Council. To learn more about Gian Jones and the goals of his candidacy, join him at the Bayswater Jewish Center, this Sunday, March 25, at 4:00 p.m.

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