Ret. Army Col. Marcus Jones Recommended by Arkansas Education Association and National Education Association in Race for Arkansas’s Second Congressional District

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Ret. Col. and Congressional Candidate Marcus Jones announced today that his candidacy has received the endorsement of the National Education Association and the recommendation of the Arkansas Education Association.

Upon receiving the endorsement, Marcus Jones said: “Arkansas public schools made me the man I am today, and my public education prepared me to serve our nation in the U.S. Army. I could not be more proud to receive these endorsements. 

“Our representative owes it to our students and teachers to uplift and champion them every day, and that’s exactly what I’ll do in D.C. Our future depends on it. I’m humbled. Arkansas educators, I will make you proud when I serve you in Congress.”

With this endorsement, Jones is previewing the launch of two coalition groups, one for educators and another for students. His campaign will bring together leaders in education, hear their concerns, and mobilize them before the Nov. 5 election.

“This election will decide the future of education in Arkansas,” said Jones. “Prioritizing the concerns of teachers, school staff, and students is the only way our Congressional representative can be a true voice for our district. It’s clear our current representative would rather listen to his campaign donors than our educators and young leaders.”

The National Education Association is the largest labor organization in the United States, boasting more than 3 million participants and members uplifting public education and educators. Their Arkansas affiliate, the Arkansas Education Association, is a coalition of Natural State teachers, administrators, and public school supporters working to ensure every student has access to a high-quality public education.

Colonel Marcus Jones (Ret.) graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he met his wife of 29 years, Carrie. He also holds Master’s degrees from Webster University in Management and Leadership and the U.S. Army War College in Strategic Studies. Jones retired from the United States Army after 29 years of active service, including multiple deployments to Iraq and Kuwait as a field artillery officer and assignments to South Korea as the Director of the 8th Army Joint Fires Element and Norway as a Program Director at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre. For his final military assignment, he served as the Senior Army Advisor to the Arkansas Army National Guard at Camp Robinson. In 2020, Marcus, Carrie, and their two children completed their fifteenth move as a family, returning to Arkansas after 26 years of service throughout the U.S. and abroad. 

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