By Tammy Dunn

While filing for Troy’s mayoral election is just under a year away, Troy resident Craig Jones announced on Monday that he will be seeking the office of mayor. Jones made the announcement now because he said he plans to start talking with people immediately.

Jones, a resident of Troy since 1995, grew up in Mt. Gilead. The son of Virginia and Decatur Jones, he is one of four boys in the family and is currently employed at Crook Motor Company in Albemarle. Jones and his wife Lisa have one son, Graham, who lives in Raleigh. Jones’ father taught in Montgomery County Schools for 20 years and spent some time teaching at MTI before returning to the public school system where he retired. His mother was the secretary for the first president of Montgomery Technical Institute, Dr. Bland, before moving over to the accounting department at MTI, which eventually became MCC.

Jones said his desire to run came “because I am very concerned about the divisiveness that seems to be occurring in the town. I don’t think everybody is on the same page and we need to be.” In addition, Jones said he sees a lot of opportunity for the town, saying, “This road (Troy bypass), we’ve got to accept the fact it’s there and make the best of it. I look at it as a quicker way to get to Troy, not get around Troy. If we do what we need to do, people will come to Troy.” Jones pointed out that the town started planning a couple of years ago for development on the bypass, noting the purchase of land the town made at that time. He also noted that the bypass could be very beneficial to the development of the town’s business park, giving them access to a four-lane highway.

To read the full story see the Aug. 21st edition of Montgomery Herald