D’Andre Jones seeks Ward 4 seat in City Council race

D’Andre Jones / Courtesy

D’Andre Jones is one of six candidates running for Alderwoman Rhonda Adams’ soon-to-be-vacant Ward 4 seat.

Jones, 41, said he wants to help usher in a more diverse City Council.

“Northwest Arkansas is growing and city government must reflect that growth,” said Jones. “I want to serve Fayetteville to sustain a vibrant, inclusive government and to promote community progress and inclusion.”

Jones is the only candidate in Ward 4 with political experience in an elected office. He served two terms on the Joiner (Arkansas) City Council and worked as a staff assistant for former U.S. Rep. Marion Berry.

He was elected President and Political Director for the Northwest Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus in 2012, and was the first African-American delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

He is a graduate of Rivercrest High School in Wilson, Arkansas, and holds a BSE from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and a Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University in St Louis.

Jones faces Ray Boudreaux, Craig Honchell, John La Tour, Phillip McKnight and Robert Williams in the Nov. 4 general election.

Early voting begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20.

Profile: D’Andre Jones

Position sought: Ward 4, Position 1
Age: 41
Residency: Fayetteville resident for 8 years
Employment: Walmart corporate office
Education: Master’s degree in management and leadership, Webster University; Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Arkansas
Political Experience: Joiner City Council, two terms; staff assistant for former U.S. Rep. Marion Berry

3 Questions for D’Andre

We send each candidate three questions after receiving their announcement. We post their answers here once they respond.

What made you decide to seek election to the council? Is it something you’ve been considering for a while?
I am seeking to be elected to City Council to help sustain a path of social and economic mobility for Fayetteville. I have the opportunity to speak with residents from University Heights to Betty Joe, to Bridgeport. I discover there is one common denominator, the need for a council member who will continue to vigorously advocate relative to moving our community forward. I am running because I am committed to advocating. It’s good to be committed to public service, but the most effective leaders are committed to people. I am committed to collaborating with fellow council members and listening to my constituents for an effective outcome.

Is there anything in particular that drove you to reside in Ward 4? How would you describe that part of town?
The diversity of Ward 4 drove me to become a resident. I describe Ward 4 as a vibrant progressive community with a focus of sustaining a personal and attractive neighborhoods. Ward 4 has the potential for phenomenal growth. However that growth must be smart, and feedback from the constituents must be top priority.

Are there any recent citywide or Ward 4 council decisions you agree or disagree with?
I totally support the Ordinance 119 which is the “hot topic” without reservation. I believe the anti-discrimination ordinance was a way to enfranchise people who were excluded from the Civil Rights Act. It acknowledges all residents equal humanity and ensures their equal treatment while providing recourse in the event they are treated unfairly. Contrary to popular belief it does not take freedoms away or give special freedoms to anyone or any particular group. Rights of the minority should never be put up to the desires of the majority.