TULARE, CA—So much attention has been toward the controversial national presidential elections that pertinent local Central Valley news on the home-front is being overlooked; current vice-mayor, Carlton Jones, will become the first mayor of color in Tulare’s 128 year history.
Jones’ official mayoral selection and ceremony will occur at the Tulare City Council meeting Dec. 6th at 7:00 PM.
As the incumbent for the Tulare City Council Member District 3 seat, Jones won the 2016 election overwhelmingly by over 70% of the vote.
Jones is married, has four sons and four daughters. He graduated from Tulare Western High School, and attended Sacramento State University to complete his degree in physical therapy.
Jones then completed the Visalia Fire Academy where he was first employed at the Tulare City Fire Department, and is now currently serving the Fresno City Fire Department.
In the community, Jones is known as a coach for a variety of youth
sports teams and a mentor. Last year he received the “Passing the Torch Award’ at the 2016 Trailblazer Awards hosted by the African-American Museum in Fresno, CA for his dedication to the community.
Watch full event here from Dec. 6, 2016: