Brenda Jones

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Brenda Jones
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Detroit City Council
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
2018
Years in position 8
PartyNon-partisan
Leadership
President of Communications Workers of America, Local 4004
Compensation
Base salary$73,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2005
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ReligionChurch of Christ
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brenda Jones campaign logo
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Detroit, Michigan
Michigan
Population701,475
Form of governmentMayor-Council
Council composition7 district members, 2 at-large members
Terms of office4 years
Current mayorMike Duggan
Brenda Jones is an incumbent at-large representative for the Detroit City Council. She won re-election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Career

Before being elected to the Detroit, Michigan City Council, Jones was President of Communications Workers of America, Local 4004.[2]

Elections

2013

Jones won re-election to the Detroit City Council on November 5, 2013.[1]

General election

City Council of Detroit, Michigan - At-large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins Incumbent 34.4% 76,948
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones Incumbent 34.4% 76,986
     Non-partisan David Bullock 17.4% 39,001
     Non-partisan Roy McCalister, Jr. 13.3% 29,868
     Non-partisan Write-in 0.4% 990
Total Votes 223,793
Source: City of Detroit Department of Elections

Primary election

Detroit, Michigan City Council Primary, At-Large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins 34.2% 51,971
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones 30% 45,594
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bullock 10.4% 15,746
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoy McCalister, Jr. 8.8% 13,414
     Nonpartisan Monica Lewis-Patrick 6.4% 9,775
     Nonpartisan Angles Lisa Hunt 3.6% 5,523
     Nonpartisan Cedric Banks 3.5% 5,325
     Nonpartisan Jessica Rayford-Clark 3% 4,516
     Nonpartisan All other candidates 0% 67
Total Votes 151,931
Source: City of Detroit Elections Center

2009

General election

The 2009 election was the last election in which all city council members were elected at-large. The names of the 18 highest vote recipients from the August 2009 primary were listed on the ballot, and voters were instructed to vote for no more than nine candidates.

A measure on the 2009 general election ballot proposed a change from a nine-member at-large city council to a council with seven members elected by district and two members elected at-large. The measure was approved with support of 73.35% of voters.[3][4]

Detroit, Michigan City Council Primary, At-Large, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Pugh 9.4% 88,797
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Brown 8.6% 80,809
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins 7.9% 75,016
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cockrel, Jr. 7.9% 74,781
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones 6.5% 61,367
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndre L. Spivey 6.4% 60,450
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames Tate 6.2% 58,215
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKwame Kenyatta 6.1% 57,541
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Watson 5.8% 54,653
     Nonpartisan Lisa Howze 5.1% 48,483
     Nonpartisan Alberta Tinsley Talabi 5% 47,003
     Nonpartisan Jai-Lee Dearing 4.9% 45,785
     Nonpartisan John K. Bennett 3.8% 35,613
     Nonpartisan Shelly I. Foy 3.7% 35,148
     Nonpartisan Mohamed Okdie 3.5% 32,933
     Nonpartisan Fred Elliott Hall 3.5% 32,875
     Nonpartisan Raphael B. Johnson 3.4% 31,665
     Nonpartisan David J. Cross 2.3% 21,534
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 999
Total Votes 943,667
Source: City of Detroit Elections Center

Primary election

The 2009 election was the last election in which all city council members were elected at-large. The names of the 18 highest vote recipients from the August 2009 primary were listed on the November 2009 general election ballot, and voters were instructed to vote for no more than nine candidates. Jones finished fourth, making the cutoff for the general election ballot.

Detroit, Michigan City Council Primary, At-Large, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Pugh 8.7% 59,681
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cockrel Jr. 7.3% 49,743
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Brown 6.1% 41,351
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones 4.4% 30,041
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins 4.4% 29,879
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKwame Kenyatta 4.2% 28,674
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Watson 3.7% 24,934
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJai-Lee Dearing 3.4% 22,935
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlberta Tinsley Talabi 2.9% 20,124
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndre L. Spivey 2.9% 20,105
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames Tate 2.9% 19,513
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Howze 1.8% 12,511
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShelly I. Foy 1.7% 11,736
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFred Elliott Hall 1.6% 11,088
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRaphael B. Johnson 1.6% 10,904
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMohamed Okdie 1.4% 9,389
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Cross 1.3% 9,140
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn K. Bennett 1.2% 8,177
     Nonpartisan Roy McCalister Jr. 1% 6,876
     Nonpartisan Delicia Taylor Coleman 1% 6,792
     Nonpartisan Clinton Griffin Jr. 0.9% 6,334
     Nonpartisan Sheila Jackson 0.9% 6,281
     Nonpartisan Dalton Roberson Jr. 0.9% 6,159
     Nonpartisan All other candidates 33.8% 230,751
Total Votes 683,118
Source: City of Detroit Elections Center

Leadership and committees

Jones has served on the following committees and tasks forces:[5]

  • Fire and Police Pension Board
  • Internal Operations Standing Committee (Chairperson)
  • Public Health and Safety Standing Committee (Vice Chairperson)
  • Budget, Finance and Audit Standing Committee Vice Chairperson
  • Rules Committee
  • Skilled Trades Task Force (Chairperson)
  • Disability Task Force (Chairperson)
  • Keep Detroit Beautiful Task Force (Chairperson)

Boards, memberships and honors

Boards

Jones has served on boards for the following organizations:[2]

  • Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
  • Detroit Metropolitan Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues
  • Communications Workers of America National Minority Caucus (Secretary)
  • Michigan Minority Networking Women – Detroit Chapter (Trustee)
  • Elise Bryant Educational Scholarship Foundation (Trustee)
  • A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) – Detroit Chapter (Vice President)

Organizations and memberships

Jones has been a member of the following organizations:[2]

  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU)
  • Trade Union Leadership Council (TULC)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • NEP Delegate for the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)

Honors and awards

Jones has received the following awards:[2]

  • Distinguished Service Award For Outstanding Service and For Inspiring Youth to do the Most Good in School and Community from the Metro Detroit Youth Day and Michigan Food & Beverage Association, 2009
  • Public Servant Award from the Arc Detroit, 56th Legacy Awards, 2007
  • Community Leadership Award from O.L. Trone, Sr. Scholarships, 2007
  • S’Hero Award and the Tip of the Spear Award from the University of Michigan Labor Studies
  • Sojourner Truth Award from the National Organization for Women
  • Spirit of Detroit Award, 1988

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