He wants more academics to get involved in their communities. So he’s running for governor.

From The Chronicle: “Chris Jones, a former assistant dean of graduate education at MIT, is running for governor in Arkansas. … Jones announced that he was running for governor of Arkansas to replace the term-limited Gov. Asa Hutchinson, with a video that has since gone viral. Jones is, among other things, a veteran of the academy. The nuclear engineer received a full scholarship from NASA to attend Morehouse College and went to graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he later served as the assistant dean of graduate education. He’s helped astronauts build technology that has been used in space and was part of a team that doubled minority enrollment for MIT’s graduate school. But in the political sphere, he’s a newcomer.”

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