Madison Life and Times Spring 2016 - Page 6

Q&A | Todd Jones NO. 1 CHEERLEADER New Elwood Mayor Todd Jones exudes passion for his hometown STORY BY KEN DE LA BASTIDE PHOTOS BY DON KNIGHT N ew Elwood Mayor Todd Jones fits the adage “the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The lessons learned from his parents and their love of the community have played a significant role in his political career. A smile rarely leaves his face, and Jones is quick to share a laugh. A lifelong resident of Elwood, Jones, 37, was elected to a seat on the Elwood City Council in 2011. He rose quickly to mayor, winning the election in November. 6 MADISON A graduate of Elwood High School in 1996, Jones commuted to Muncie while attending Ball State University. Today, he works for the Marsh Supermarket in Tipton, a job he’ll balance with his responsibilities as mayor. In a recent interview, Jones discussed why he decided to run for mayor and how he intends to reunite the community after four turbulent years. Mayor Ron Arnold, elected in 2011, resigned in 2015 after an investigation of his use of campaign money. Jones met his wife, Susie, through a mutual friend, and the couple have been married for six years. They’re the parents of three daughters: Addie, 5, and twins Ava and Ivy, 3. Is being elected mayor a lifelong dream? Yes, it is. I love this city. It’s something I always wanted to do and, fortunately, the citizens of Elwood have made it a reality. There is a ton of responsibilities and a challenge we look forward to every day: Make this a better place to live. I would love to serve more than four years. How do you change the negative image that Elwood has generated over the past few years?