‘Survivor: Palau’ Contestant Advances to Runoff Election

“Survivor” has seen its justifiable share of contestants operating for state and native places of work in recent times. Two-time contestant Eliza Orlins ran for Manhattan District Attorney within the 2021 Democratic major, however solely positioned seventh. “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” winner Nick Wilson is at present operating for state senate in Kentucky, an election wherein he’s unopposed and just about assured to win.

On Tuesday, Texas held the primary major elections of the 2022 election cycle, and “Survivor” alum Jolanda Jones positioned within the prime two in a Democratic major election, which means she is going to advance to the runoff on May 24.

Here’s what you could know:

Jones Is a Longtime Local Texas Rep

Jolanda Jones first appeared on “Survivor: Palau” in 2005, the place she received the season’s first particular person immunity by being the primary girl to reach on the seaside and securing the necklace. She and eventual third-place finisher Ian Rosenberger would then go on to make the primary choices to kind the season’s tribes; Jones, then 38, would decide Bobby Jon Drinkard, marking the start of the ill-fated Ulong tribe. That “particular person immunity” assured her to be part of a tribe, however didn’t final the next day, when she can be voted out after Ulong misplaced their first of many immunity challenges.

Since “Survivor,” Jones has turn out to be energetic within the political enviornment in her house state of Texas. She was first elected to the Houston City Council as a Democrat in 2007, after which grew to become a Houston Independent School District board member in 2016. She has additionally served as a prison protection lawyer, based on her web site.

In November, Jones introduced her candidacy for the District 147 of the Texas State House, in an effort to fill the seat vacated by longtime Democratic State Representative Garnet Coleman, who introduced his retirementdue to well being causes shortly earlier than.

Jones Is a ‘Champion’ Who will ‘Run Circles’ Around Republicans

Jolanda Jones

On Tuesday, in the course of the statewide primaries, Jones positioned first in her major, securing 42% of the vote. However, since she didn’t attain a majority of the vote, she and the second-place finisher, realtor Danielle Keys Bess – who secured about 20% of the vote – might be headed for a runoff election, which can happen on Tuesday, May 24. The district is closely Democratic, which means that whoever wins the Democratic major is just about assured to turn out to be that district’s subsequent State Representative.

According to her web site, Jones, 56, is a champion of progressive insurance policies who goals to battle again towards Republican efforts to roll again funding for insurance policies comparable to schooling and well being care. As her web site says:

[Republicans have] made a multitude of the financial system and made firms and marketing campaign contributors even richer…[they] could have damaged our authorities however they can not break Jolanda Jones. Authentic and unafraid, Jolanda won’t ever cease combating for us….She will do extra than simply stand as much as Republicans – she’ll run circles round them.

Her web site’sissues pagemakes it clear that she opposes any “pointless boundaries to voting,” needs to develop and simplify entry to Medicaid and CHIP, helps elevating pay for lecturers, in addition to prison justice reform, amongst different points.

If you reside in Texas and have but to register to vote, you are able to do so right here. Any American citizen who has but to register to vote can achieve this right here. Be certain to examine when your state’s major/runoff elections are being held right here. The midterms might be going down nationwide Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

“Survivor” airs Wednesdays 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The two-hourseason 42premiere will air on March 9.

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