Affton-area resident to make bid in 2020 for seat held by term-limited Rep. Bob Burns
AFFTON, Mo. — Gabriel Jones, Affton-area resident, communications professional, and basketball official, has announced a bid for state representative in the 93rd district, the seat currently held by the term-limited Representative Bob Burns.
“We need honest, fair, prudent, and visionary public servants who want to promote the common good more than themselves or their political party,” Gabriel said. “I’m running because I know we can make progress towards a better future. Our state motto compels us to consider the welfare of the people as the highest law. Most of us just want to provide for our families, support our communities, and live a good life. Our government should enable us to do that.”
The 31-year-old life-long Missourian is native of mid-Missouri. Gabriel was homeschooled and attended Fulton High School in Fulton, Mo. He earned a B.A. in Political Science & Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., where he was a member of the men’s basketball team as well as Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity.
Gabriel attended the Missouri Republican Party State Convention in 2008 and 2012 as a delegate from Callaway County. He worked on political campaigns during the 2012 election cycle and was later hired by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. He served as a media relations specialist for the archdiocese through 2018. While there, the Archbishop appointed Gabriel to serve a three-year term on the Public Policy Committee of the Missouri Catholic Conference, beginning in 2016. Gabriel is currently at a local marketing and advertising agency where he has worked with the Missouri Division of Tourism as well as a variety of corporate clients from around the country.
A recent graduate of the FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders program, Gabriel has been involved in the community as a volunteer with the Affton Christian Food Pantry and was a member of the junior board for Angels’ Arms, a local foster care organization. He is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Gabriel spent a season coaching basketball at Bishop DuBourg High School before becoming a basketball official at the youth, high school, and college levels.
On the campaign trail, Jones will focus on fiscal responsibility, education reform, support for law enforcement, and the need for local control on issues like a possible city-county merger.
Gabriel is married to Sarah, a native of south St. Louis County, Rosati-Kain High School alumnae, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, and former youth minister. They have four children.