Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five part series introducing Galt City Council candidates. One City Council candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered in the Oct. 7 edition.
Keith Jones and his family have lived in Galt for the past 19 years. He’s running for a seat on Galt City Council. He currently serves on the Galt Planning Commission.
“I made the decision to run for City Council because I want to ensure we have a council that considers all options,” Jones said. “As a possible council member, I possess the courage to make difficult decisions, even if unpopular, especially when the benefit is for the greater good for both the community and the city.”
Listening to residents is a “must”, said Jones, while being mindful of those who aren’t speaking out.
Raised in Livermore by two sets of parents is where Jones said he learned about hard work and business sense. His father owned a painting company, and his mother and stepfather worked in telecommunications.
“I was blessed to have two sets of parents that devoted their lives to showing me what it takes to work hard and be a good person,” Jones said. “My parents challenged me to be the best I could be at all times.”
Jones is a private works manager for George Reed, Inc. and earned a bachelor’s in construction management.
Raising his two sons, Kole and Kayson, with wife Kristy, he considers his most important accomplishment. The couple just celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary.
Serving on the Oak View School Site Council, being vice president of the Building Industry Council of the Greater Valley, coaching youth sports along with serving on the planning commission are just some of Jones’ community involvement.
“My occupation with project management, where I produce and maintain budgets, maintain project schedules, and provide guidance to my team would be an incredible asset to the Galt City Council,” Jones said. “These experiences have provided me the tools that will aid my decision-making in the interest of our community.”
If elected Jones will concentrate on attracting additional businesses into the downtown area, industrial growth to increase job opportunities, and push for the completion of Walker Park phase II, which he believes is “essential” for youth sports programs. He also wants to continue collaborations with the area schools, and support fire and police to keep Galt residents safe.
“Overall, I want to continue the uniqueness that makes Galt a great place to live and the place I love to call home,” Jones said.
He wants voters to know that he is a devoted husband, father and friend. He values honesty, integrity and believes “you should always do the right thing, even when no one is watching,”