Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6
Stewart Jones is a lifelong resident of Laurens County and a proud 8th generation South Carolinian. He attended Thornwell Elementary and High School and graduated in 2001. Stewart received an Associates Degree of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology in 2009 from Piedmont Technical College. Stewart, his wife Kelly, and their two Daughters Lillie and Emma Grace are proud to call the City of Laurens community their home. Kelly is also a native of Laurens and is a graduate of Laurens District 55 High School. The family are members of First Baptist Church of Laurens and enjoy being involved in the community. Stewart has managed a number of technology companies throughout his entire professional career and in 2009 started his own business called Greenwood I.T., LLC serving businesses and individuals in the upstate and lake lands of South Carolina. He enjoys simplifying technology and helping clients achieve their goals with affordable and innovative solutions.
Stewart Jones has served as Chairman of the Lakelands Republican Liberty Caucus as well as an elected State Republican Liberty Caucus Board Member. He is also an active member of the Laurens County Republican Party. He enjoys writing articles and has been featured in www.FEE.org and www.VoicesofLiberty.com powered by Ron Paul. Elected by the Laurens County Republican Party in 2012, Stewart was chosen to serve as a delegate representing Laurens County to the South Carolina Republican Convention and has continued to serve as both a county and state delegate.
In 2012, Stewart began speaking publicly about the destruction of our liberty through legislation that allowed warrantless wire tapping and metadata collection such as the Patriot Act, SOPA, CISPA and the abuses of the 2012 N.D.A.A. He would go and speak during public comment times of Laurens County Council meetings to ask county council to intervene using tools such as nullification to defend liberty. Frustrated that council would not act, it prompted him to run for office in 2014. On November 4th, 2014 the 4th District of Laurens County elected Stewart Jones, beating a 24 year incumbent and the Chairman of Laurens County Council with over 59% of the vote.
Upon taking office, he found that local government lacked basic business and management practices. This could be seen by inaccurate employee head counts, incorrect counts of purchasing cards and unknown/forgotten phone and data lines. Stewart was strategic with bringing transparency and clarity to resolve these issues. The total amount of purchasing cards were reduced from 101 to 81 and over $77,000 (recurring) was saved by the changes from phone/data audit alone. As of January 2019, all purchasing card statements are posted monthly online for all to view.
Stewart has led the way to restoring control of local government to the people whether it be standing up for private property owners against eminent domain or starting independent advisory committees, Stewart believes in putting people above politics. He has served on the following committees for Laurens County, South Carolina:
- Chair of Public Works Committee 2015-2017
- Committee for Health, Welfare and Public Safety 2015-2017
- Committee for Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs 2017-present
- Chair of Parks and Tourism Committee 2017-present
Stewart continues to work hard to make government smaller and more accountable. In order to bring a new level of transparency he and his wife created www.LaurensCounty.us to put all public information online and readily available. On July 10th, 2018 Laurens County Council passed Resolution 2018-31 Restoring Constitutional Governance thereby nullifying sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 N.D.A.A. Stewart continues to stand for a greater liberty even when standing alone.
“We need people in all levels of government that are willing to stand up for the principles of limited government and more personal liberties. Stewart Jones has proved through the years that he is one of those people. I am proud to endorse Stewart Jones for Laurens County Council.” -Dr. Ron Paul (11/2014)