Thursday, November 08, 2012 12:00 AM
Jones maps out priorities following re-election
By Jacqueline Hough | Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids
Education will continue to be one of the several priorities for incumbent state Sen. Ed Jones, D-Enfield, following his election victory over Republican challenger Warren Nail in the race for the 4th Senatorial District.
With more than 87,148 votes counted in the contest, Jones had 72.2 percent of the vote compared to 27.8 percent for Nail.
With redistricting, the remapped district encompasses Halifax, Vance and Warren counties, along with parts of Nash and Wilson counties.
Jones said he knows the importance of attending meetings and churches in those areas.
"I will do my best to be a visible person,” he said.
Jones said there are several priorities for him as he returns to the General Assembly.
A main one is continuing to strengthen education in the state. He stressed that youth will be the leaders of tomorrow and they can’t succeed without education.
"Another priority is getting people back to work,” Jones said. "And getting industry for North Carolina so people can go back to work.”
Other areas Jones plans to focus on are health care and making sure senior citizens are safe.
After many months of campaigning, he said he came away with a lesson he has learned from previous elections.
"You will not get every vote,” Jones said. "But when people see what you have been doing, they understand and try to look after you.”
Nail, a newcomer from Roanoke Rapids, thanked those who supported him in his campaign.
"We will do our best to hold our representative to the fire and make sure he supports our district, and not take things away from the district,” Nail said.