Madison Life and Times Spring 2016 - Page 7

Todd Jones | Q&A “I love what our city has to offer. I love the small, hometown feel. Neighbors helping neighbors. Being able to walk down the street and seeing a familiar face. We have affordable housing, a safe community, a very good school system, a hospital, a library, a YMCA and a best-in-class parks system. Even with all these amenities, it still has the small-town atmosphere.” Todd Jones We’re breaking down the barriers that were put up by previous administrations. We’ve got people thinking outside of the box, and people are excited. There’s an energy around town that hasn’t been there for a long time. Want to build on the successes of the past. We work for the citizens of Elwood and intend to make decisions that benefit everyone. What interested you in politics? I’ve always enjoyed helping people. My father, Gary, served on the Elwood School Board for 20 years. Growing up, I could watch him help people. I enjoy getting out and helping people. I always thought about running for a political office. I wanted to change the direction and perception of our city. We have a great story to tell. What do you like about living in Elwood and Madison County? I love what our city has to offer. I love the small, hometown feel. Neighbors helping neighbors. Being able to walk down the street and seeing a familiar face. Todd Jones with wife Susie and daughters Ava, Ivy and Addie. We have affordable housing, a safe community, a very good school system, a hospital, a library, a YMCA and a best-in-class parks system. Even with all these amenities, it still has the small-town atmosphere. What’s the best advice your parents gave you? My entire family has been my biggest support system. My father was a hardworking man at General Motors for 44 years. Every day ended at our dinner table. I was fortunate to have a solid family structure with very supportive parents. They have taught me many lessons and continue to be mentors for me in my adulthood. A couple of things stand out from my childhood. The first is to treat others the way you like to be treated, and the second is to leave people feeling good about themselves. As a father of three, what do you hope people will tell your children about your term as mayor? My hope is that my three daughters can witness the transformation themselves. Each day a life lesson is taught. When my term of mayor is over, I hope people see an Elwood they’re proud of; I hope they tell a story of Elwood that deserves to be told. It’s not just one person making a difference. It’s a community pulling together and making a positive impact. We have a lot of exceptional people in this community, and fostering positive relationships that have either been damaged or that have never been built are key. How would you describe your personality? This question is hard for me because I don’t like to talk about myself. People have said that I am very energetic, positive and easily approachable. People say they have never seen me without a smile on my face. We want those traits to be contagious in our city. Having a city that is full of energy, positive and upbeat. Did you play sports at Elwood High School? I played basketball, ran cross country and swam. My favorite sport was basketball because it was a team sport. Everyone had to come together as a team to be successful. ❚ MADISON 7