Candidate uses experience with domestic violence to connect to others

Justin Udo
January 22, 2019 - 7:52 pm
Jacquie Jones is now running for circuit court judge in Delaware County.

Courtesy of Stefan Roots, Chester Matters Blog

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MEDIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A local lawyer is using a traumatic experience to advocate for others as she runs for political office. 
 
Life changed in the blink of an eye for Jacquie Jones, a lawyer in Media, Delaware County, when she found out her brother was stabbed to death by his girlfriend.

"I went from being a defense attorney, an advocate, to someone who had to sit on the other side of the courtroom as a victim and someone who wanted to protect his children and the rest of our family from the after effects of this," Jones said. 

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Over the last decade, Jones, who is now running for the Court of Common Pleas​ in Delaware County, has made it her mission to advocate for victims of domestic violence.

"I'm involved in things like domestic abuse projects, and I'm a part of other advocacy groups that also work on those sort of issues," she said.   

For Jones, having worked around domestic violence  and feeling the firsthand effects of it  have led to her hopes of using the position of a judge to better support people looking to the courts for help with the issue.  

"You have to have a system that protects victims, but also has a fair process so that people aren't falsely accused," she added. 

If elected, Jones would be the first black woman to hold the position in Delaware County.

"Having some diversity, having people look at the judges and see they are a microcosm of the entire county, makes a difference," she said. 

Jones is one of nine Democrats running for four trial judge positions in the May primary. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified the office Jones is running for.