SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield resident Bob Jones was awarded a coveted Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants this month when the group met for its annual conference in San Diego, California.  The award recognizes exemplary work in political communications and advertising on both a national and international level, and this is the third year in a row Jones received an award from the group.

“This year’s Pollie Awards were especially competitive for an off cycle, with over 1,600 entries,” said AAPC President Art Hackney in a press release announcing the winners.  

Jones said he was excited to receive the award, but he added that the most fulfilling thing about what he does is helping top-quality candidates get elected:  “When you believe in the people you’re helping, it’s much easier to come up with good ideas.”

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Mayor Matt Anesh, along with Council President Alex Barletta and Councilman Derryk White, recently announced that they’ve asked Jones to manage their election campaign this year and that he’s accepted.  “You always want the best people on your team,” said Anesh when making the announcement.   

“Matt, Alex, and Derryck are doing an outstanding job for our town,” Jones said when explaining why he agreed to lead their campaign team.  “It’s obvious how they care about the people in South Plainfield.  When you have candidates like that, you want to work your hardest for them.”     

The Pollie Awards are bipartisan honors awarded annually by the AAPC to members of the political advertising and communications community who have demonstrated superior work on behalf of their candidates and causes. A blind jury of their peers selects the winners. Esquire magazine has dubbed the Pollies “the Oscars of political advertising.”

Jones won the award for a door hanger he designed for last year’s Richkus-Rusnak council campaign.  It won in the Most Innovative and Creative Collateral category. 

In addition to winning the Pollie Award, Jones was a finalist in two categories this year in the prestigious Reed Awards presented by Campaigns & Elections magazine.  He was recognized for a direct-mail campaign he designed for the Middlesex County Freeholder campaign and for the same project that won the Pollie Award. 

Editor’s Note: Bob Jones is taking a formal leave of absence from The Alternative Press of South Plainfield. During this period he will not be involved in the editorial or managerial functions of TAP. He may stay on in a photographic role for TAP during his leave of absence. His sole responsibility will be as a photographer at community related events.