Ron Jones 'at peace' with not seeking re-election

City councillor Ron Jones will not seek re-election this fall.
Windsor Ward 2 Councillor Ron Jones has made his decision about the upcoming municipal election. (CBC News)

City councillor Ron Jones will not seek re-election this fall.

Jones has represented Ward 2 on Windsor's west end since 2002.

"I feel good. I'm at peace," Jones said. "God has been so good to Ron Jones. The City of Windsor has been so good to Ron Jones. I just pray that I can give back just a portion of what this city has given to me."

The former Windsor firefighter is calling it a political career.

"There are some other things I want to do," he said Thursday. "I'm not leaving this city. I'm going to continue to be a cheerleader for the city of Windsor. I'm going to continue to do the things that responsible citizens I believe should do."

He becomes the fourth member of council to publicly announce their intentions for the Oct. 27 municipal election.

Mayor Eddie Francis will not seek re-election, nor will Ward 3 councillor Fulvio Valentinis, who will instead run for a seat on the Catholic school board.

Ward 8 councillor Bill Marra will run for re-election, but not for mayor as some first thought.

During his announcement, Marra called Francis "a one-person show" and accused the mayor of having "personal agendas."

 Jones defended Francis on Thursday.

"So many people talk about how strong Eddie is. Yeah, well he has to be strong. He has to be strong because you have 10 strong personalities," Jones said. "Eddie doesn't like waffling. He doesn't like people making a decision, then going back on the decision.

"I can put it this way: He's probably much more patient than I would've been in some situations."

Jones and Francis were by Valentinis' side last week when the downtown councillor called it a career after 20 years.