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Houston Black Firefighters Association Endorses Jolanda “Jo” Jones

The Houston Black Firefighters Association has endorsed City Council Member Jolanda “Jo” Jones in her campaign for re-election to Houston City Council, At-Large Position 5.

Jolanda Jones with Ron Reynolds at the 2009 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at the Sugarland Marriott
Jolanda Jones with Ron Reynolds at the 2009 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at the Sugarland Marriott

“Firefighters are my heroes,” said Jones. “I’ve ridden with them for 24-hour shifts, and understand more than most, that they have a grueling unrelenting job that goes way beyond the heroic task of rescuing us from fires. And that’s just one of the reasons why I am working so hard to implement solutions that will end discrimination and improve working conditions for all firefighters – because their jobs are hard enough.

“I am extremely grateful for this endorsement and the support I have received from firefighters throughout Houston. I hope Houston is always blessed to have these brave men and women keeping us safe.”

The Houston Black Firefighters Association joins a growing list of community leaders and organizations supporting Jones, including:

Mayor Bill White • Former Mayor Lee P. Brown • Former Congressman Chris Bell • State Sen. Mario Gallegos • State Sen. John Whitmire • State Rep. Carol Alvarado • State Rep. Garnet Coleman • State Rep. Jessica Farrar • State Rep. Senfronia Thompson • State Representative Kristi Thibaut • Former Council Member Rob Todd • HISD Trustee Carol Galloway • HISD Trustee Paula Harris • Former Port Commissioner Howard Middleton • Across the Track PAC • Afro-American Sheriff Deputies League • Asian American Democrats of Texas • Christians for a Better Government (Rev. Willie Wright, Chair) • Communications Workers of America, Local 6222 • Floodway Coalition of Houston • Harris County AFL-CIO Council • Harris County Council of Organizations • Harris County Tejano Democrats • Houston 80-20 Asian American Political Action Committee • Houston Apartment Association • Houston Contractors Association • Houston Council of Engineering Companies • Houston Educational Support Personnel (HESP) Union, Local 6315 • Houston GLBT PC PAC • Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE), Local 123 • Houston Police Officers Union • Houston Stonewall Young Democrats • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers • Oak Forest Democrats • Pipe Fitters Local Union #211 • Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas Action Fund, Inc. • Pleasantville Voters League • Plumbers Local Union #68 • Seafarers International Union • Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1 • Spring Branch Democrats • Texas Federation of Teachers (partial list)

Houston City Councilmember Jolanda “Jo” Jones believes in a Houston where a kid like her can grow up to be a successful lawyer and businesswoman, a homeowner, a City Councilmember and most importantly, a mom who can afford to give her son the opportunity for a bright future. Jones serves as Chair of the Council’s Housing and Community Development Committee. In addition to being a champion for affordable housing issues, Jones is working for a stronger economy, safer neighborhoods and a city that is free from discrimination. Learn more at

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