Wendy Stanley Jones
Wendy Stanley Jones has been a political activist on the Seacoast for over 20 years. And, she is just as proud of her role as a wife, mother, grandmother, advocate and nurse.
Wendy was drawn to politics in 1991, because of a retirement facility attempting to change her neighborhoods zoning regulations. After five other organizations tried, today RiverWoods is a thriving retirement community active in the Exeter area. Since then, she has served as an Exeter Selectman – giving her the distinction of being only the fourth woman elected to this position in the town’s 350 year history.
Additionally, she has been elected and appointed to various Rockingham County Republican Committee positions and Strafford County Republican Committee positions. She also was elected Exeter Town Republican Chair and was appointed by Senator John E. Sununu's Exeter Town Chair from his first primary as a Congressman.
Upon relocating to Durham, Wendy was determined to remain politically active. She is a member of President George W. Bush’s Steering Committee for New Hampshire, Co-Chair of his Strafford County Steering Committee and National Chair for “W Stands for Women”. She also volunteered for Durham’s Republican Town Committee. She now brings that enthusiasm to Greenland. She was hired by Gov. Huckabee for President as his Volunteer coordinator during his successful race in NH. They had zero volunteers before Wendy started and hundreds on election night.
In 2003, Wendy sensed the growing need to mentor more women in the political process. As a result, she co-founded the Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series. This highly regarded, national program seeks to increase the number of Republican women elected or appointed to government positions at the local, state and national levels.
Wendy just finished a very successful election cycle working on finance for US Senate Kelly Ayotte, State Senators Nancy Stiles, Jeb Bradley, David Boutin, Russell Prescott, in addition to working with Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, County Commissioner Catherine Cheney, Deputy House Speaker Pam Tucker, to name just a few others.
Wendy is a graduate of Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute attended the University of Maine, University of Copenhagen and now Great Bay Community College.
In addition to politics, she works nurse and has been involved in Special Education issues for three decades. She is a certified color consultant, a past Sustainer of Junior League, a member of the Exeter Chapter of the DAR and as a member of the New Hampshire Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution she is State Chairman for Public Relations and Media under two administrations. She is an incorporator for a mission society, a local church and Strafford County Federation Club. She enjoys reading, gardening, water sports, and various crafts.
Some of the different Boards Wendy has sat on include Portsmouth Christian Academy, Sea Care Health Services, Christ Church Exeter, working with both the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Wendy has taught NAMI’s very successful Family-to-Family program after learning she had a family member with severely persistent mental health that is medically driven. This has helped her professionally and personally, which she wants to pass on to others to help them going through this misunderstood medical disease.
Wendy and her husband Turner have three grown children – as well as two grandchildren, whose visits they always look forward to.