2002-03-16 / Community

Seeking The Assembly Seat: Andrea Jones

Seeking The Assembly Seat: Andrea Jones

By Gary G. Toms

It was announced this week that Andrea L. Jones, a longtime resident of Arverne, is running for the State Assembly seat that was left vacant with the death of Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings.

For the last 20 years, she has worked as an advocate for public education throughout the country. As a single parent of three, she has championed various issues regarding public education for the children in the district and the state.

In the early 1990's, she was recruited into the ACORN organization for school reform. As the Vice-Chairperson of school district 27's District Advisory Committee, she worked in conjunction with the president, Betty Wilson, and a host of parents to help establish a strong parent involvement component within the district.

She has served as a Parent Consultant for the S.U.R.R. (School Under Registration Review) team, the redesign panel and quality review team for the New York State Education Department, and traveled throughout the country advocating equal education for all children.

In addition to her longstanding commitment to public education, she has also worked on various political campaigns, including those for Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, State Senator Malcolm Smith, and former City Council member Juanita Watkins.

Jones is in the process of completing her second Bachelor's degree at York College in History and Education. She is a member of the York College Alumni Board of Directors, and a member of the Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club.

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