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Toledo woman tapped for special inaugural role

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What started as a campaign introduction, has grown into the opportunity of a lifetime.

"I thought it was a minor role but somehow it has landed me to the inauguration so somebody thought it was pretty huge what I did," says Kenyetta Jones.  "It's pretty amazing, it's really amazing."

Toledo resident Kenyetta Jones introduced president Obama during a stop at Scott High School during his re-election campaign in 2012.  That led to a speech at the Democratic National Convention later that year.   Now she's been tapped for another job.

"That was very exciting, something I never expected of course."

Jones is one of eight "citizen co-chairs" nationally, who will serve as examples of the benefits of President Obama's policies.  She lost her job at the GM Powertrain Plant in 2009, but got it back after the president approved an auto bailout later that year.

"When it came to my job and they wanted to dismiss GM and to dismiss UAW, I knew I had to pay attention because that was directly impacting me."

She and her husband will spend the next four days attending all kinds of inaugural events, including a visit to the Oval Office on Friday and community service events on Saturday.  The highlight of the visit is Monday, where they will go to the swearing-in ceremony, ride in the parade and attend the inaugural ball that night.

Jones is proud her work has made an impact on her friends, family and co-workers.  As for political aspirations of her own...

"Whatever door opens, I'm willing to take my chance."

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