Birmingham City Council, District 3
Name: Ryan Jones
Residence: Southside on the edge between the Five Points South and Glen Iris neighborhoods.
Political experience: Running for Birmingham City Council; ran for Democratic delegate, 2016.
Professional experience: Human resources professional at Jefferson County Commission Employee Selection Department /Test Administration, 2016 to present; human resources and direct administrative support for nurse managers at UAB in the cardiovascular division, 2012-2016; political consultant, 2011-present; financial sector positions at Wells Fargo and Regions Bank; 2005-2009
Civic experience: Current member of Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, 2015-present; junior patron of Alabama Symphony Orchestra, 2016-present; member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, 2016 to present; former president and current member of Alabama Young Democrats, 2005-present; board member of Mad Doctor Game Store, 2012-2015; board member of Speakers Corner Birmingham, 2004-2008.
Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, master of public administration, 2012; UAB, bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in history, 2005; graduated Hoover High School, 1998.
Top contributors: None filed.
Main issues: If elected, Jones wants to develop transparency and accountability at city hall and encourage citizen-driven revitalization and neighborhood empowerment. Platform includes initiatives to update the city contracting process, award 51 percent of contracts to local businesses, and establish an advocates office to assist start-up businesses. He would establish a transit pass system for parking and buses and fill police vacancies to improve safety. Efforts to beautify the city would involve collaborations with the Museum of Art, universities and neighborhood associations. The candidate wants to establish a municipal credit union open to all city residents, create farm-to-school, after-school and weekend programs for children, and move management of the Birmingham Water Works Board to the City.