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Jones earned patience, prayers


Sunday, February 10, 2019

I totally disagree with Phil Law, who stated that Congressman Jones should resign due to his health in the article written by Jon Hawley on Feb. 3, “Special election would be needed to fill Jones' seat.”

More importantly, we should pray for Congressman Jones and his family and give them the same respect and admiration that we gave to Sen. John McCain. No one forced John McCain out of office due to his health concerns.

In addition, Congressman Jones has helped countless numbers of people with grave situations here in North Carolina and around the county for decades regardless of wether they were Democrats or Republicans. In November 2016, when I ran against Congressman Jones in the general election, I had friends of mine that told me that they liked me but that they were going to vote for him because he had bent over backward to help them when they were homeless veterans.

I could not agree more with them as a veteran myself. Congressman Jones is a good person, great advocate for the military, and outstanding public servant who has served the great state of North Carolina and our amazing country with "distinction and honor" as a legislator and senior congressman.

In my humble opinion he has earned the right to make his own decision about his political future notwithstanding the fact that he defeated all of his political foes by a wide margin during the North Carolina 2018 primary.                                          

Ernest T. Reeves


Reeves, a retired Army captain, was the Democratic candidate for 3rd Congressional District in 2016.


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