Alonzo Jones was born and raised in Danville.
He joined the US Army straight out of high school and attended boot camp outside of St. Louis. During his service, he was in the logistics and supply division driving trucks.
After 6 years in service, Jones returned to Danville where he got involved in afterschool programs through city council.
He was appointed by City Council to the school board before the City moved towards an elected school board.
His name was drawn out of appointed school board members lottery to give up his post and seek election in the first school board vote by the public and retained his seat.
After the school board term Jones was requested by then Mayor Rubie B Archie to seek a seat on City Council. After terms as councilman and Vice Mayor he was selected to be the Mayor of Danville.