I am Jason Lee Jones and am privileged introducing myself to you. Trying to discern a best way in presenting myself has proven quite a challenge. This entire website is written by me, so you may learn much of me simply by reading through it. For the purposes of this page, rather than presenting a conventional biography, I feel it may be more illuminating to build from some common questions of me. I shall first dispense with standard biographical points; I was born and raised in Georgia, growing up with farming as a defining part of my youth. As a teen, my hope of a military career ended from injuries sustained in an auto-accident. After recovering, with an adventurous heart, I chose to leave Georgia, having lived in San Francisco ever since.
I soon found myself at City College of San Francisco, studying myriad of topics, before formally matriculating, and later transferring to study Political Science as an undergraduate and Graduate at San Francisco State University. Though my passions are in public policy, especially regarding issues of poverty, I have spent my adult life punching a time-clock while on the periphery of the tech world, which is where I am now; punching a time-clock while working the occasional contract if and when finding one. I have yet found any paying jobs in politics, though committing to a fair amount of volunteering — perhaps there simply is no money to be made in poverty? Over the years I have grown into a cynical sort, often cracking wise, yet beneath the bark remains an idealist. I can impress neither with a resume, social status, nor bank account. Rather, I hope your support is earned on account of my acumen, passion, humility, and commitment to an equitable, just, and sustainable society.
A perfectly reasonable and very common (in fact, most common) question. Indeed, I am nobody — he who wasn't there. I start from a full stop. There are, however, quotes from two noted individuals helping motivate my choice to stand as a candidate. The first, shown below, is from George Carlin. The second, showing itself if clicking on his name, is from Robert F. Kennedy. To toggle between quotes, just click on their names.
Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: garbage in, garbage out.
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. Aristotle tells us 'At the Olympic games it is not the finest or the strongest men who are crowned, but those who enter the lists... so too in the life of the honorable and the good — it is they who act rightly who win the prize.'
I do not feel I am garbage — rather, I enjoy thinking I am a pretty swell guy. Perhaps some folks agree. A swell person intent on helping their community cannot win election without entering their name onto the list. I have done so. While always passionate and engaged on issues facing our country, state, and community, what I am not is a well-connected or wealthy or known individual. I recognize it will be very hard for me to raise awareness, and especially to get out there while tethered to time-clocks and odd hours. Yet I feel if I can raise awareness, my lack of connections or local notice can change. Many reflect the cynical view presented by George Carlin, yet I offer a chance to reach down and pull up; supporting a jaunty fellow who genuinely needs substantive support from you. I will never move an inch without you. There is unlikely to be a lone benefactor, no deus ex machina, swooping in to lift this cause. I run not for laurels or prestige, nor with higher office in mind. I run because I am of District 6, and want my City to grow, justly, with room, opportunity, and safety for everyone.
I hear this a lot, and concede it irritates me upon hearing it. I am broke. As is my campaign. It belies any faith in a natural aristocracy, promoting instead a view only those well-connected or wealthy should seek election. I do not think so — and am confident you do not. While there is little any can do for my personal economic plight, you — you, the reader — can help improve the viability of the campaign by making a donation. That is an easy fix! Furthermore, despite what some say, notably media, winning an election is based on votes, not cash. While money helps in raising awareness, there are other ways. YOU can help spread the word. Volunteer. Put a sign in your window. And, if a District 6 voter, consider voting for me regardless of any money I raise.
Everyone needs a gimmick. And what campaign does not have a logo? When thinking about how I would brand this campaign, I weighed numerous ideas, and then settled on the chicken as a temporary logo. I have since, however, discovered it serves as an excellent conversation starter, thus passing from a late-night brainfart to empyrean logo.
Though meeting qualification as brainfart, this thought was not uninspired nor rooted in nothing. It has a legacy and meaning. To explain the chicken, I must first discuss a jackass — President Andrew Jackson. This slur was often applied to him, leading political cartoonists of his day drawing him riding one. Rather than upset by this, he instead chose the jackass as his mascot. Over time, this became a donkey, and eventually the popular though unofficial logo of the Democratic Party. Yet the party already had a mascot before Jackson — the chicken, inspired from the agrarian ideals of party founder, Thomas Jefferson. Many state party organizations adopted the chicken through the era between Jefferson and Jackson, and its legacy can be found today in older state-level Democratic Party affiliate logos. I am a Democrat, yet will be surprised (though elated) if winning the party endorsement. Given my rural Georgia origins, and recognition I am an "outsider" on account of my being nobody (see above), plus feeling how cheap it would be simply using the donkey, I chose instead to resurrect the chicken. Additionally, if my campaign signage were to appear throughout the district, quick association with me becomes easier. After all, who brands themselves a chicken? Further still, I find it mildly amusing, which serves well my wise-cracking ways.
I am not running against anyone — nor against anything. I run with the hope my voice, background, and ideals help improve the quality of our community and the life of every San Franciscan. I run for our community and our City. Our current Supervisor, Jane Kim, has honorably served our community & City for two terms (8 years). The City Charter prevents her from serving a third term — meaning she is termed out. Regarding other candidates, I will note I was the first candidate to file, oblivious of any intent from others, thus not running against anyone (perhaps they all are running against me — the Titan of District 6 politics?). To see who is running, click here and scroll down to District 6. At the time of writing this, there are other candidates, including Sonja Trauss and Matt Haney (member of the San Francisco Board of Education). I have had the pleasure of meeting Sonja and Matt - very lovely people who I know are looking forward to meeting you.