Jones, the veteran southeastern Davidson County representative, gets our nod over Republican challenger and Metro Councilman Duane Dominy, who has been far more ideological on the council than effective.
Jones said she supports the idea of offering tax incentives for small businesses, particularly those hiring new employees, but that she’d have to see a bill with specifics before agreeing to fully support it. She also would like to see an expansion of the pre-kindergarten program Gov. Bredesen began, as well as additional funding for after-school tutoring programs in public schools.
She abstained from voting on the bill to expand charter schools in the state, explaining that she doesn’t support charter schools because the initiatives being developed there could also be done in typical public schools, and that using taxpayer money to fund what are essentially private organizations is the wrong idea. We disagree.
Jones showed some pluck when she co-sponsored a bill to legalize medical marijuana. She is unafraid to take on controversial issues, and we applaud that.
Providing help and a safety net for children and working families is Jones’ niche in the General Assembly. We urge her to continue to be an advocate in this work, and especially to use her seniority to bring together parties that normally might not compromise easily.