Peter Lawson Jones is an African-American politician of the Democratic party. A resident of ShakerHeights and Ohio, he formerly served as a county commissioner in Cuyahoga County.Peter Lawson Jones
Jones served around the Shaker Heights city council, and in 1994, he was the running mate for gubernatorial candidate Rob Burch. He served as a state representative from 1997 to 2002. In February 2002, after county commissioner Jane Campbell was elected mayor of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party appointed Jones to switch her on the commission.
He received his BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1975, along with his juris doctor from Harvard in 1980. He has extensive professional and community affiliations, and works on the law firm Roetzel & Andress in addition to his legislative duties.
In 2007, Jones made news with two dissenting votes on major decisions. He opposed the sales tax increase for Cuyahoga County from 7.5% to 7.75%. The tax, earmarked to fund a whole new convention center and medical mart, was passed with a 2-1 vote (Jimmy Dimora and Tim Hagan voted for this), and it also took influence on October 1, 2007. Later decided to sell, even though jones also opposed the demolition of the Ameritrust Tower, which the county bought as a potential location for a new administration building.
On January2009 and 26, WKYC's Tom Beres reported that Jones was considering running for that Usa Senate seat being vacated through the retiring Sen. George Voinovich. But withdrew from the idea and continued to endorse Lee Fisher inside the primaries, and today inside the general election.
In November 2009 the voters of Cuyahoga County replaced the commission kind of county government having a charter and an elected county executive who has been elected in 2010.