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%.
It is currently established that Jones is single and has not disclosed any information about his relationships.
There is no available information relating to Jones’ past relationships either. However, his name has been attached to some controversies regarding the abuse of women in the past.
According to a 2021 examination of Jones’ record by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Jones has a long history of problematic behavior toward women, repeatedly accused of threatening, intimidating and harassing women in his personal and professional lives” over three decades.
In June 1989, three years before his election to the state legislature, Jones, then 28 years of age, was arrested on the charges of pointing a gun at a lady in Doraville. Although the criminal charges were scrapped, Jones was ordered to attend anger management classes.
In 2003, a community activist who was publically expressing disdain at Jones’ management of flooding issues stated that he confronted her in the evening at her home, approaching her with waving arms and clenched fists and mentioning her husband’s recent death. The activist said that she felt threatened and intimidated by Jones. The activist sued Jones for trespass and assault; the case was settled out of court on confidential terms in 2009.
In 2003, Elaine Boyer, who was DeKalb County Commissioner, complained to Decatur police that Jones “deliberately walked into her and made hard shoulder-to-shoulder contact” after a fierce public debate. She did not press charges.
In late December 2004, a lady accused Jones of raping her at a party in his home.
The lady declined to press charges, citing the emotional distress that it would entail. Jones was not prosecuted, and the allegation did not cause him significant political damage.