We’ll be periodically featuring members of the city council, as well as city department heads to help our readers really understand how these folks work for and with us. Last month we featured Ward 1 alderman Jack Jones. This month we are featuring alder woman for Ward 2, Sue Jones. I was able to chat with her after the most recent city council workshop to get to know more about her.
Sue and her husband moved to East Texas from the coast in 1980. In 2001, they opened the English House bed and breakfast and made Mineola their permanent home after enjoying the dining and shopping here from their previous home between Mineola and Lindale. Jones was very involved in the community, especially the Chamber of Commerce. When Alderman John Storace resigned, Sue was approached by a number of people about running for the position. She ran unopposed and gained the seat in April of 2012. Sue believes that the most important focus for the council is to stay in touch with the needs of the people, and to do what it can to help provide the “best living environment at the best cost,” including clean water and air, good shopping, and good entertainment.
The alderwoman believes that the community’s interest in what’s happening to the city is its biggest asset. She sees great opportunity to produce more industry to provide more jobs for our citizens. Jones sees a Mineola 20 years from now as one that “keeps up with the times,” providing what’s needed for citizen to live and thrive in Mineola. “Whatever that may be in 20 years,” she remarked. Whether it’s WiFi or something we’ve not even imagined yet, Jones hopes that Mineola will have those things readily available to her citizens.
Alderwoman Jones wished to emphasize to the community that the council is open to community suggestions and has an open ear for them. They put the community’s interest at the heart of every decision. “We strive to do the most with the revenue that we have for the benefit of the community.”