Mondaire Jones was raised by a single mother in Rockland County, New York and went on to graduate from Stanford and Harvard Law School. He began his career in the Obama administration’s Department of Justice, where he worked on judicial nominations and criminal justice reform. Jones has previously served on the NAACP National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. He is running for Congress in New York’s 17th Congressional District for the seat vacated by Nita Lowey. While the Democratic field is crowded, Jones emerged on the scene first, and has remained one of the strongest fundraisers. Jones has positioned himself as the most progressive candidate in this contest, and has been endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
Jones recognizes the special relationship between the US and Israel, and if elected to Congress will work to maintain it. He is a strong proponent of a two state-solution and argues it is the best, if not only, way to solve this conflict. Jones will not shy away from calling out actions that challenge peace. To reach a mediated resolution, he asserts that Israel must stop building and expanding settlements in the West Bank and demolishing Palestinian homes, as these actions prevent the territorial integrity of a future Palestinian state and undermine Palestinian faith in Israel’s commitment to a two state-solution. Jones will call for continued US leadership in negotiations. In addition, he maintains the US must restart funding to the PA and UN agencies supporting Palestinian refugees. Jones was an early supporter of the JCPOA and has been vocal in his support of the agreement on the trail. In Congress, he will work to reenter the deal.