State Dems weighing Jones ouster in Balto. Co.
Julian E. Jones Jr., will know before Thanksgiving whether he’ll be allowed to keep his spot on the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee.
Jones appeared before the state Democratic Party’s credentials committee last night in Annapolis to review the matter, in which local party officials sought to remove him for mounting a write-in challenge to County Councilman Ken Oliver. Oliver beat Jones in September in the same Democratic primary in which Jones was elected to the central committee.
He described Wednesday's hearing as “very contentious.” He argued that the process for removing him was not followed, saying that it could only be done by a majority vote among Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee members or by petition from three people who live in the district that he represents on the committee. He expects to receive a decision within the next five business days.
Jones said a county central committee officer told him to resign from the committee shortly after he filed his write-in campaign paperwork. Jones said he reviewed the bylaws and felt that he wasn’t in violation.
He’s pledged to “fight it to the end” regardless of the committee’s decision.
“I’m not just fighting for me, but fighting for those who entrusted me to represent them,” he said.
Jones said he’s concerned that the rules for removal aren’t being applied equally.
“There are plenty of others who have violated the rules who have not been removed. I heard that someone lived out of state,” he said. “Do you follow them all the time or do you pick and choose?”