Events

Dr. Kermit Jones, Candidate for Congress, Visits Sierra County

Dr. Kermit Jones, congressional candidate, speaks with Downieville medical practicioner Frank Lank at an event on April 29th

By Duncan A. Kennedy and Carl J. Butz

(SIERRA COUNTY) – This past Friday, April 29th, Dr. Kermit Jones, a candidate for the open seat in California’s newly-drawn Third Congressional District (an area consisting of all or parts of Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Alpine, Mono, and Inyo counties), conducted a “whistle-stop” tour of Sierra County.

Jones started his visit, accompanied by Sierra County Supervisors Paul Roen and Sharon Dryden, with a tour of the sawmill and currently idle biomass (co-gen) plant located in Loyalton. Next, Jones traveled over Yuba Pass to visit the Sierra County Democrats’ office in Sierra City to greet and encourage supporters. His last campaign stop of the day took place at the Gazebo in Downieville. Once again, he met with Democrats to answer questions about his reasons for running and garner their assistance in promoting his candidacy.

This tour also included interviews by The Mountain Messenger. Here is a synopsis of his responses to the questions we asked him.

Can you quickly tell us about your life story?

Jones was born and raised on a blueberry farm in rural Michigan. Inspired to pursue a medical career by his mother, a nurse in their isolated community, he attended Georgia Tech and then Duke University. During his third year of medical school, the 9/11 attacks spurred him to join the U.S. Navy. After returning from two deployments in Iraq as a flight surgeon, Jones became a White House Fellow specializing in veteran’s issues before moving to Northern California in 2016 and becoming an internal medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville.

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Poetry Festival at Miner’s Foundry on Saturday, April 30

During April local and regional poets of all ages have been reading, reciting, or singing out their poetry at over twenty pop-up events across Nevada County. This Saturday the collision of National Poetry Month and Arts, Culture & Creativity Month will wind-up with an all-day (8:30 AM to 7:30 PM) festival event on April 30th at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Besides presenting an array of local, national and international poets, “Perhaps one of the most unique elements of our festival is that it highlights poetry in all its forms, through music, film, dance and theatre. It really is an exceptional and participatory experience, with workshops of all kinds running throughout the day,” says festival director, Eliza Tudor.

Sierra County Invited to Meet Kermit Jones, Candidate for Congress

Kermit Jones, M.D. Image courtesy of the Kermit Jones for Congress campaign.

On Friday, April 29, the people of Sierra County are invited to meet Dr. Kermit Jones, candidate for Congress in the newly-redrawn Third Congressional District, in which Sierra County now finds itself. From 10:00 to 11:00 AM, Dr. Jones will be at the home of Alix Shor, 202 W. Willow Street, Sierraville.  From 1:30 to 2:45 PM, he will be at The White House, 312 Main Street, Sierra City.  And, at 4:00 PM, he will be at the gazebo next to the Visitors Center in Gold Rush Park, Downieville.

Dr. Kermit Jones is a Democratic candidate for Congress, endorsed by the California Democratic Party for the position.  He is a doctor of internal medicine, working at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville and at Urgent Care in Auburn.  His life story began as a farm boy on a family farm in Michigan, where his parents instilled in him the belief that education was the key to opening doors that would otherwise have been closed to him.  It was the example of his mother, a home health nurse, that inspired him to become a physician.  After the tragedy of 9/11, and after completing medical school, he joined the U.S. Navy to become a flight surgeon.  In that capacity he served in Iraq with a Marine squadron that took injured service members and Iraqi civilians to safety.  After two tours of duty in Iraq, he served as a  White House Fellow under President Obama, working with the Secretary of Health & Human Services to improve quality health care for our veterans.  In addition to being a physician, he is also a lawyer.

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