"I am most proud of the opportunity to lead through the COVID-19 pandemic," she said. "I am honored to be the first Council President to ever hold virtual meetings in the City of Detroit. It is important for government to continue to operate and provide the best service we can under these dire conditions."
Jones was first elected to the Detroit City Council in 2005, and was elected as its president in 2014 and 2018. She also briefly served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Michigan's 13th congressional district, succeeding John Conyers in a 2018 special election after he resigned following allegations of sexual harassment, raising questions whether she could serve both on City Council and in the U.S. House. Conyers had held the seat since 1965.
The position was short-lived: Jones was then defeated by Rashida Tlaib in the 2018 primary, and was again defeated by Tlaib in 2020.
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