By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Thursday, June 22, 2017, Huntsville area economic and commercial real estate developer Nicole Jones announced that she is running as a Republican for State Senate District 7, where incumbent Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) is not seeking reelection.
Jones said on social media, “Huntsville, Madison County, and Senate District 7, We build our community together, and you mean something to me, which is why I will work diligently and tirelessly for YOU.”
Jones promised, “As your Senator, I will: Maintain our infrastructure, and make smart, fiscally responsible decisions to pave the way for our future. Foster an environment conducive for economic growth led by the private sector/free market. Utilize the brainpower within our Huntsville/Madison County Community to shape policy decisions. And Bridge the gap between schools and business/industry to aid in workforce development.”
Jones said that the Huntsville/Madison County is projected to be the second most populated area in Alabama within the next decade.
Jones said that she builds Huntsville and Madison County every day and will strategically plan in a fiscally responsible way for Huntsville’s future.
Nicole Jones is the President of Nicole Jones Development and Nicole Jones Commercial Real Estate, which provides expertise in the fields of economic development, business development, and commercial real estate.
Ms. Jones has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and holds both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Huntsville Site of Florida Institute of Technology. Nicole Jones also is a Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official, a designation awarded by the Alabama Planning Institute, an affiliate of the American Planning Association.
Jones says on her website that she is a lifelong learner and stays on the forefront of economic policy issues through professional development coursework at institutions such as the University of Alabama, EDAA Leadership Institute, and Urban Land Institute.
Nicole Jones says that she is dedicated to professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations as a spokesperson, board member, and corporate sponsor.
Jones said that her life is devoted to building the Huntsville community. In 2013 and 2014, Jones was recognized by The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County for work with the I Shop Local campaign, a partnership initiative with the Small Business Administration focused on the economic development-related benefits of shopping locally for goods and services. In 2015 and 2017, Jones was a Finalist for the Russell Brown Executive Leadership Award, a tribute to the good works and generosity of the late Russell Brown and the highest level of honor given to business leaders for outstanding contributions to our community.
In March of 2017, Economic Developer Nicole Jones became the first in Huntsville and among the first group in the State of Alabama to earn the EDAA Leadership Certificate. The certification is granted by the EDAA Leadership Institute, a partnership between the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and Auburn University’s Government and Economic Development Institute (GEDI).
Jones says that she is a dedicated conservative Republican and is a member of and/or holds leadership roles in various Republican groups throughout our state such as the Republican Women of Huntsville, Alabama Federation of Republican Women, Tennessee Valley Republican Club, and Madison County Republican Men’s Club.
Jones has two children. She said, “Faith, family, and building our community are my Life’s Work.” Jones says that her children often accompany her to projects and volunteer opportunities. The Jones Family promotes Huntsville as a premier city to build a life.
Jones is presently working on a Doctorate in Theology and serves as a Liturgist at Huntsville First United Methodist Church.
Jones said that to lead effectively, she lives with a grateful heart and in total dependence on God.
Alabama Republican Party Vice Chairman Sam Givhan has also qualified for this open seat.
The Republican Primary will be June 5, 2018.