carmen_jones_new__web.jpgPOMPANO BEACH — Carmen Jones, a civic activist who for years has challenged elected officials to do more, questioned their redevelopment strategies and advocated for educational reforms and community improvements, is now seeking a seat on the Broward County commission.

“As a mother of three and someone who is passionate about community issues, I would bring the peoples’ voice back to the county commission,” Jones said.

She is running for the District 2 seat, which includes portions of Pompano Beach, Margate, Coral Springs and Deerfield Beach.

Jones, a 58-year-old medical billing and payroll assistant, joins a long list of community leaders to seek elected office and says it’s a natural transition.

“I was born and raised in District 2; I understand the issues of north Broward and I will fight for the people on the county commission.”

She says her focus is on jobs, environment and beach restoration. She also supports expanding Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades as a means to bring more jobs and expanding economic opportunities.

The seat was once held by Sylvia Poitier who was defeated by Kristen Jacobs, who is now leaving office due to term limits.  The primary will take place in August. So far Lisa Kohner Aronson, Mark D. Bogen and former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom have filed to run for the seat. All are Democrats and Republicans have yet to file. 

According to a press release, Jones has gained the support of Rev. O’Neal Dozier, senior pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, pioneer Ernestine Price and others. She has also received the endorsements from Deerfield Beach City Commissioner Ben Preston and County Commissioner Dale Holness.

“Carmen would be an excellent county commissioner, as a product of north Broward with more than 20 years fighting for community issues,” Holness said. “She has deep roots in Pompano Beach and Deerfield with her family roots dating back to the 1930s. She will be a great asset working for the people of Broward County.”