By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Alabama High School Athletic Association promotes the value of sports to the youth of the state. Having high school and junior high school athletic contests requires having referees; but fewer and fewer people are volunteering to be athletic officials.
Mark Jones, the Alabama High School Athletic Association Director of Officials, is a former city councilman in Jacksonville, Alabama, His political career began for the same reason as his time as a high school sports official.