Peter Lawson Jones
Peter Lawson Jones is an African-American politician in the Democratic party. A resident of ShakerHeights and Ohio, he formerly served being a county commissioner in Cuyahoga County.Peter Lawson Jones
Jones served on the Shaker Heights city council, as well as in 1994, he was the running mate for gubernatorial candidate Rob Burch. He served as a state representative from 1997 to 2002. In February 2002, after county commissioner Jane Campbell was elected mayor of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party appointed Jones to replace her around the commission.
Peter Lawson Jones
He received his BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1975, and his juris doctor from Harvard in 1980. They have extensive professional and community affiliations, and works on the law firm Roetzel & Andress along with his legislative duties.
In 2007, Jones made news with two dissenting votes on major decisions. He opposed the sales tax increase for Cuyahoga County from 7.5% to 7.75%. The tax, earmarked to pay for a new convention center and medical mart, was passed by a 2-1 vote (Jimmy Dimora and Tim Hagan voted for this), plus it took impact on October 1, 2007. Jones also opposed the demolition of the Ameritrust Tower, which the county bought as a potential location for a new administration building, but later decided to sell.
On January2009 and 26, WKYC's Tom Beres reported that Jones was considering running for the United states Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. George Voinovich. But withdrew through the idea and went on to endorse Lee Fisher within the primaries, and today within the general election.
In November 2009 the voters of Cuyahoga County replaced the commission kind of county government with a charter and an elected county executive who was elected during 2010.