A young black man who is a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has taken an historic leap inside the world of politics in the state he resides in.
According to the Michigan Journal, Jewell Jones (pictured), 21, has just been elected as the youngest State Representative in Michigan’s history. Jones, a Democrat, beat out the Republican candidate Robert Pope to fill the seat of District 11 in the Michigan House of Representatives.
The two men competed to fill the seat of District 11 after former Michigan State Representative Julie Plawecki passed away earlier this year. Jones won 66 percent of the vote this past Election Day while Pope only received 33 percent of the vote. Jones is a great student and is very much involved on campus at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
He is a double major in political science and finance. Jones is also a member of the University of Michigan Dearborn’s Black Student Union and the Student Veteran’s Association. He actively serves in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). After winning, Jones issued a statement via social media.
“You and I made history, yet again,” Jones posted on Facebook following his amazing victory on November 8th.
Jones is right about the “again” part. This was not the first time the young college student made history in the world of politics. At the fresh age of 20, Jones was elected Councilman of the Inkster City Council. When Jones was sworn in to assume the office in 2015, he was the youngest person to ever be elected Councilman in Inkster, Michigan.
Being surrounded by a great family and being raised by exceptional parents is the key to accomplishing extraordinary feats like the one Jones has just achieved. His loved ones definitely have a reason to be proud of him. His success shows that you are never too young to dream.