All three challengers for the Georgia state Senate seat for District 22 struck us as eager professionals with a passion to help people through higher office.
But one in particular spoke to us with such confidence and depth, he sounded like an incumbent.
And he is who you should vote for May 20 – Harold Jones.
We were impressed at the level of Jones’ thinking and his ready ideas. For instance, with the impending move here of the U.S. Army Cyber Command – and nearly 4,000 military and civilian folks – Jones suggests Georgia copy a cool program in New Jersey that has students there competing to learn about cybersecurity issues – and, perhaps, thinking about jobs in the mushrooming field.
He also points to an innovative program in Kentucky, in which students earn free tuition at two colleges by working at the huge UPS facility there – and providing the employer with a young, motivated and increasingly educated work force.
He’s fascinated by academic ideas as well. Jones, who has taught American history and has had the history bug since fifth grade, has recently been devouring Edward J. Larson’s book A Magnificent Catastrophe, about the rocky and pivotal presidential election of 1800.
A lawyer, former solicitor general and past candidate for office, Jones speaks knowledgeably about bills, potential bills and what a freshman member of the party out of power must do to
get things done – which is to build relationships, and not care too much who gets credit for good ideas.
“It doesn’t have to come from me,” he says of seeing good ideas through to fruition. “I just want it done.”
And, as with the New Jersey “Cyberchallenge,” Jones says good, young, forward-looking ideas can be found – besides along Broad Street – in places such as Charlotte, N.C., Austin, Texas, and more. Augusta, he says, needs an infusion of energy, passion and dynamism.
Smart ideas that Democrats and Republicans can agree on ought to be advanced, regardless of where they came from. We hope Harold Jones gets the chance to give it a try with Senate colleagues.
If they don’t want to give him specific credit, they can always say the idea came from “Mr. Jones.”