Chris Jones grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A son of two preachers, he was raised with a strong sense of faith. He attended Morehouse College on a NASA Scholarship, for physics and math, then went on to study at MIT becoming a nuclear engineer and earning a Ph.D. in urban planning. After becoming ordained as a minister, he returned home to Arkansas and led the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.
Through this work, he saw how disparities within Arkansas have gotten worse, not better. There is much room for growth, including improving public education opportunities in every community, strengthening infrastructure from roads to broadband access, protecting and securing the right to vote, and bridging the rural and urban divide. His campaign is dedicated to inclusion - we need to engage the groups of Arkansans who have been silenced and have fallen out of the political process.