Occupation: History teach at Sanders-Clyde Middle School
Education: Graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in Washington, DC and holds a master's degree from Columbia University in New York and The Citadel.
Work experience: History teacher. He began his teaching career in downtown Charleston, South Carolina at Sanders-Clyde Middle School and was named Teacher of the Year in only his second year of teaching.
Statement: Jelks believes the destiny of a city is determined by the education of its youth. This conviction has led him to run for mayor. In addition to education, Jelks' platform includes fair compensation for Charleston Firefighters, a regulated cruise industry, and fostering economic success for local entrepreneurs.