(TOWSON – January 5, 2018) – Tuesday, January 2, 2018 will go down in history as the day that Baltimore County Councilman Julian E. Jones, Jr. was elected by his peers to become the first African American Chairman of the Baltimore County Council.
When asked how it feels, the new County Council Chair said, “It feels good!”
Jones, who ultimately campaigned about 7 years to finally get the opportunity to represent his 4th councilmanic district in the county seat in Towson, is probably floating on a cloud. In the beginning, he was hard-pressed to get any support from the powers that be. Today, he has further solidified several years of learning the ropes and has emerged on the Baltimore County political scene as a power himself.
African Americans have increasingly become the majority in the 4th district over the past four decades. Historically, Ken Oliver was actually the first African American to represent this upwardly mobile community on the County Council. Today, that district has one of, if not the largest median income for African Americans in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area.
He said that he knows that there is a lot of work that still has to be done. Hence, he is not blinded by the recent success. At the same time, he also says that this latest achievement really isn’t about him. He said that there is a bigger picture to consider.
Jones said, “When you think about it, it’s quite an accomplishment. It’s been a long time coming: This is 2018! I understand the politics, I understand the history; now, here we are. I wish there comes a day when all of the firsts are taken up, when there are no more firsts – race, gender. It’s important now, however, to make a big deal of the first because it encourages others, especially our young people. If they see it, they know they can achieve it. Furthermore, it encourages adults in that we are, in fact, moving forward, that our efforts are not in vain.”