Jackie Anderson Thomas announced that she is running for the House District 28 seat.
She will have a Meet-The-Candidate event on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at J.T. McDaniel’s Complex III located at 1401 E. Third Street (The Office).
A native of Memphis, she has been a resident of Chattanooga for 31 years. She arrived in Chattanooga in 1983 as a high school graduate with a vocational trade of cosmetology and ready to take on a higher level of learning at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While there she earned a Bachelor and Master degree in Criminal Justice and later earned a Master's degree in Social Work from Southern Adventist University. Ms. Thomas said she strongly supports vocational education, and she believes that you never stop learning. She is the mother of a daughter who graduated from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and Austin Peay State University.
Ms. Thomas said her whole life has centered on serving and advocating for others. She worked for the Tennessee Department of Children Service for over 20 years until her early retirement buyout in 2008. During that time, she held a variety of positions. She worked as a Child Protective Service Investigator, Intensive Juvenile Probation Officer, Juvenile Justice Regional Coordinator, Case manager, Supervisor and Trainer.
After leaving DCS she worked at the Domestic Violence Shelter as a Victim’s Advocate case manager and later went on to join the staff of The Next Door an agency that focus on incarcerated women with a dual diagnosis preparing them to be released from prison. Ms. Thomas also served as a Par- Professional in the Hamilton County schools and currently works for a non-profit organization whose motto is “Improving the lives of the people we serve”. As a Building Stable Lives Life coach she motivates and encourages people daily to be all they can be, providing community resources to help with stability in the areas of Education, Employment, Housing and Health.
Actively involved in her community Ms. Thomas is a part of the Glenwood Neighborhood Association were she has served as past president, secretary, parliamentary and committee chair. She has also completed Chattanooga Neighborhood Leadership, Citizen’s Police academy and Community Impact initiative. She is a past board member of the Chattanooga Board of Sign Appeal, and currently serves on the Chattanooga Board of Zoning Appeal and newly appointed to the Chattanooga Board of Beer and Wrecker. Ms. Thomas is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. where she has served the last six years as a committee member to the Sorority’s Emerging Young Leaders and ASCEND initiative that mentor and teach young ladies about issues involving education, employment and life lessons.
Her campaign said, "Ms. Thomas’ leadership experience working with children, families and community allows her to know a lot about the day to day issues facing the community. She sees and hears about the issues from residents who are homeless, jobless, no health care and ultimately hopeless. She asked herself, how she can help change the hopelessness and despair people have due to lack of.
“Make a difference on a Legislature platform and be the change you want to see.” Serve them by advocating for policies & laws that address the issues of Women’s rights, Employment, Affordable housing, Re-entry program, Safety of our elderly and children, Healthcare, Equitable Education, Voter suppression and Mass Incarceration. There are so many issues that deserve advocating for and when the time comes Ms. Thomas desires to be the person in the Legislature chair representing House District 28 fighting for policy and programs that will enhance their life.
"Ms. Thomas states that she is a Social Worker and has been accustom to providing services. However, she clearly understands that her job in the House would be to oversee and assure that her district get their equal and fair share of the budget. Advocating and creating policy and laws that will hold her accountable to the people of House District 28."
Ms. Thomas will be new to the Legislature, but not new to creating policies that affect people lives. Her agenda will be in creating and protecting public policy that will provide the “Greater good for the Greater number of people.” She brings to the role her integrity, honesty, dependability and belief in the dignity and self-worth of all mankind. Leadership, experience and values means something, therefore, she ask Chattanooga’s House District 28 voters to vote for her. Ms. Thomas hope to continue the legacy of strong caring women representing House District 28.