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North Platte attorney Russ Jones is running for the Nebraska Legislature, aiming to help the next generation. Jones filed on the first possible day for the seat that represents District 42, which consists of Lincoln County. District 42 is currently represented by Tom Hansen.
Although the election won't take place until November 2014, Jones has established a campaign committee, a website and a facebook page, called Russ Jones 2014.
Certified Public Accountant Robert J. Meyer of North Platte, is his campaign treasurer.
He intends to run a campaign that focuses on the “new” future, with a different type of leadership.
"Raw. Real. Problem solving for the future generations," is how he described it.
Jones said he greatly respects the generations that came before him and he has lived through his generation.
He said one of his prime goals is to establish a boys and girls home for troubled youth in Lincoln County. The former North Platte boys and girls home closed two years ago due to mismanagement on the state level.
"The obligation of my generation is to do right by the generation of my kids and their kids," he said. "Politics seems to have evolved into a self serving arena. I will serve the people.”
Jones is a defense attorney specializing in criminal and juvenile law. He said he has handled 8,000-10,000 cases, representing people when they needed help.
He was born in Lincoln, attended Waverly Public High School and graduated in 1985. In 1989, he earned a bachelors degree in sociology from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.
He returned to Lincoln and graduated with a law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1992.
He began practicing law in North Platte since 1994 with Clough, Dawson and Piccolo. In 2000, he opened his own practice. His office is at the corner of East Fifth and Jeffers.
Jones has been active in north Platte civic affairs. He served eight years on the Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Board. In 2001, he and attorney Jim Paloucek launched the Hoggy Doggy Shadow Splash, a dip into the frigid South Platte River that has raised nearly $200,000 over the years for the Connection homeless shelter and the school's adopt-a-backpack program, which feeds hungry kids on weekends.
Jones is also presiding over Midwest Championship Fighting, a mixed martial arts fight club that is hosting a night of fights on March 16. MCF also pays for eight middle school students to train in mixed martial arts.
Jones has served as the president of the Lincoln County Bar Association and is currently the president of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.
He has four children.
More information is available at the campaign website, HERE.