Councilman Ken Jones will run for reelection

Councilman Ken Jones will run to keep his seat in the March 3 Cordova Regular Election. (Jan. 15, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Councilman Ken Jones will run to keep his seat in the March 3 Cordova Regular Election. (Jan. 15, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Ken Jones will run to retain his seat on Cordova City Council, he announced Wednesday, Feb. 5. Jones occupies Council Seat B, one of two up for election in the March 3 Cordova Regular Election. Council Seat C, currently occupied by Jeff Guard, will also be up for election.

If reelected, Jones hopes to oversee the completion of current harbor renovation projects, he said.

“When I first ran for council, that was one of my most motivating factors,” Jones said. “The city had long neglected waterfront infrastructure while spending and taking out tens of millions of dollars in bond debt on structure renovations, a ‘free’ city center and road bonds, that, in my opinion, we didn’t need. Meanwhile, we all watched as the harbor, the backbone of our community, literally broke into pieces.”

Jones, who also serves on the Cordova Harbor Commission, has been a consistent critic of proposed tax increases and spending increases, often finding himself as the council’s sole “no” vote.

Jones will run against Cathy Sherman, former director of Cordova Public Library and the Cordova Historical Museum.

“I have immense respect for my opponent and was actually saddened to see that I would be campaigning against her,” Jones said. “She is somebody who I consider a friend. I have many fond childhood memories in her household. I actually considered dropping out when I read that continuing my reelection bid would mean I would be campaigning opposite of her… I don’t think Cordova could make a bad choice on this one.”

Voting will take place 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 3 at the Cordova Center. Candidate applications closed Tuesday, Feb. 4.