Lawsuit claims David Jones, Jr. is ineligible to serve on JCPS - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Lawsuit claims David Jones, Jr. is ineligible to serve on JCPS board

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A lawsuit filed Friday afternoon says newly-elected Jefferson County Public School Board member David Jones, Jr. should be declared ineligible to serve. 

Jones was the runaway winner in District Two on Tuesday, with 49% of the vote.

The suit sites several alleged conflicts of interest.  It notes that Jones sits on the Humana Board, which does business with JCPS.  It also points out that Jones has "an active financial interest" in a company that owns Health Teacher, which provides online health services to the parents of JCPS students.

The suit also mentions that Jones is the director of Main Street Realty, which owns 345 lots in the Brentwood Oldham Farms development worth over $25 million.  The suit maintains that by working to maintain the current JCPS student assignment plan requiring busing, people will "continue to buy and build homes in Oldham County.

The suit was filed by attorney Teddy Gordon on behalf of Thomas Armistead.

Late Friday afternoon, WDRB News obtained the following statement from Jones:

"On. Nov. 6, the voters of District 2 affirmed their confidence in me to represent their interests on the Jefferson County Board of Education. I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received and now look forward to working diligently to tackle the tough challenges facing our school district.

I have reviewed the complaint challenging my eligibility and would like to take this opportunity to state that Main Street Realty is a business venture of which my father, David A. Jones, is a director. My legal name is David A. Jones, Jr., which is how I filled my candidacy, and it is the name that appeared on District 2 ballots.

I will have no further comment on this matter until my legal counsel has had an opportunity to review."

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