Carlow University is pleased to congratulate Chardae Jones on being appointed Interim Mayor of Braddock Borough. Jones graduated from Carlow in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Communications.
"I didn't just get a degree from Carlow, I left with a compass. Any time I need a little direction or push, I remember all I accomplished there. Moments like building a Student Government Association to protesting a tuition tax with fellow students taught me that I could do anything," Jones wrote in an email to Carlow.
The Braddock mayor's office had a vacancy after John Fetterman, its mayor of 12 years, became Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor.
The six members of the Braddock Council unanimously appointed Jones on January 29, after she and four other candidates spoke on why they felt qualified. Jones will have the option to run in the primary and November's general election to retain the mayor's seat.
Jones grew up in Braddock and graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 2007. She has actively served in several borough commissions.
"She is going to be one of the key voices and faces of leadership in Braddock," said Council President Tina Doose to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "She and myself and the other council members—we’re going to work in tandem to move things forward.”