New Chris Jones TV Ad "Great Minds" Voiced By His Wife, Dr. Jerrilyn Jones

May 5, 2022 – Press Release

Dr. Jerrilyn Jones Voices New Television Ad for Her Husband, Arkansas Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Chris Jones

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Dr. Chris Jones today launched a new 30-second television ad, titled “Great Minds.” In time for Mother’s Day, “Great Minds” features Dr. Jerrilyn Jones, the candidate’s wife and mother to their three daughters, talking about Chris Jones’s compassionate heart and service at home and in the community.

The new ad introduces Chris Jones to Arkansas voters from the person who knows him best – his wife Jerrilyn Jones. Jerrilyn shares how Chris Jones is both smart and compassionate, and why Arkansas needs great minds and big hearts. Jerrilyn Jones is a community leader in her own right as Medical Director for Preparedness and Response at Arkansas Department of Health and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UAMS.


Script for “Great Minds” (:30)

DR. JERRILYN JONES: I’ve been married to Chris Jones for almost 20 years.
I think I understand why, after going to school for physics and engineering, he also became an ordained minister.
He’s a smart man. But more than that he’s a compassionate man.
I watch him with our girls. I also see him help people chase their own dreams, gain skills and start their own businesses.
And that’s what Arkansas needs to grow. Great minds and big hearts.

The ad is available across digital platforms now and will air on television in Arkansas starting Thursday and leading up to the May 24 primary election day. This is Jones’s third ad of this primary season – joining “Every Last Street” and “Skywalker” – and the campaign’s second to air on television

Jones announced his candidacy for governor with a June 2021 launch video "About Time" that has been viewed more than 4.7 million times. Earlier this year, Jones visited all 75 counties listening to voters and presenting priorities and plans for what he would do as governor to spread opportunity across Arkansas.

Please view “Great Minds” at

Below are two images from the new Jones ad:
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Dr. Chris Jones grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A son of two preachers, Chris 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, Chris returned home to Arkansas and led the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Through this work, he has seen firsthand how disparities within Arkansas have gotten worse, not better. He believes there is much room for growth, including improving public education opportunities in every community, strengthening infrastructure from roads to broadband access, protecting and securing our right to vote, and bridging the rural and urban divide. Chris has faith in Arkansas’s potential, and he is running for governor to ensure every person in Arkansas has an opportunity to succeed.


Jerrilyn Jones, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Medical Director for the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Response Systems at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). She was very active in the state’s response to the COVID 19 Pandemic having been named to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Winter Task Force and serving as part of ADH’s Pandemic Physicians Group. In addition to her practice in emergency medicine and public health, Dr. Jones has extensive experience in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) having worked as medical director for both a paramedic training program and a private ambulance service where she was charged with ensuring the competency and readiness of Nationally Registered EMS personnel. Her practical expertise includes working at the finish line as a first responder during the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 and also as a first receiver during the civil unrest in Baltimore in 2015. Most recently, she was named Director of UAMS’s inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Program created to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds admitted to the College of Medicine. In 2021, she was named Arkansas First Lady’s Woman of the Year in Public Service. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency and fellowship with Boston Medical Center and Boston EMS, respectively. She is a former Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force and served in Afghanistan with the 75th Fighter Squadron during Operation Enduring Freedom. Her passion lies in responding to real world disasters and emergencies, as well as educating medical students, residents, paramedics and the community at large.

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