An American Republican party politician, Vernon Angus Jones, served in the Georgia house of representatives from 1993- 2001 and 2017- 2021.
Jones was CEO of DeKalb County from 2001-09. He became a Republican in 2020 after endorsing Donald Trump for re-election and speaking at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Jones is a candidate in the Republican primary for the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election against incumbent Brian Kemp.
Early life, education, and career
Jones was born in Laurel Hill, North Carolina, fifth among six siblings.
He attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, graduating with a B.A. in business administration in 1983. Jones also completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Program.
Jones began his career in the telecommunications industry, first working with MCI Communications (now MCI Inc.) and later BellSouth Corporation.
Jones was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1992, representing District SH 071. He succeeded Sidney Pope Jones Jr. Jones served from 1993 to 2001 and then again from 2017 to 2021.
United States Senate campaign
Jones ran for the U.S. Senate in 2008 but was defeated 60% to 40% in the 2008 run-off for Georgia’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary.
In 2010, Jones launched an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 4th congressional district.
In 2014, Jones ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of DeKalb County, GA. He lost to incumbent Sheriff Jeff Mann, 76% to 24%.
As of 2021, Jones’ estimated net worth stands at $3 million.
Key players in Georgia gubernatorial election for 2022
Incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp has announced that he will run for re-election.
Kemp’s primary challenger is former senator David Perdue, who Trump has personally endorsed.
On April 16, 2021, former Democratic turned Republican state representative Vernon Jones declared his challenge to Kemp in the primary.
Kemp’s challenger from the Democratic party is Stacey Abrams, former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and founder of Fair Fight Action, who Kemp defeated in the general election in 2018.
Libertarian Shane T Hazel, the most recent nominee for U.S. Senate in 2020, has also declared that he will run. Independent Al Bartell has filed paperwork.
‘The only candidate who can defeat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’
According to Fox News, Jones argued that he is “the future of the Republican Party.”
This statement came out in an interview with Fox News mere hours after former senator David Perdue joined the gubernatorial race. Trump had been encouraging Perdue to run for governor for months.
Trump said, “Perdue is a Conservative fighter who isn’t afraid of the Radical Left. He is also the only candidate in Georgia who can beat Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in the 2022 election.”
Jones expressed his disagreement with Trump’s statement, saying, “I’m the only candidate that can hold the line with the Republican Party, have them enthused about coming out in record numbers, and at the same time be able to capture a significant part of the minority community, that are Democrats…and defeat Stacey Abrams.”