MEET THE CANDIDATE
Last June I decided to run for state office because I was sick and tired of the hyper-partisanship and lack of balance in our government.
One party now occupies almost 75% of Tennessee house seats. That is not representative of our state; it actually “misrepresents” our state. If we want a Tennessee that works for everyone, we must acknowledge that the other guy is not always wrong, and we need to elect representatives, regardless of party, who will listen first and lead second.
Happening right now, right here at home, we have schools that are struggling, families living from paycheck to paycheck, sick people who can’t afford to go to the doctor, small businesses that don’t get the support they deserve, and job doers with some of the lowest wages in the country.
That tells me we need a change in leadership and if there has ever been a year to change things, 2018 is it. This is the year we “can” change things.
David Jones for Tennessee House District 26
If you review my resume, start at the end and go backwards, you can see a path. The path was not so clear as I was going forward. During my career, I worked as a caseworker for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, an estimator for Independent Paint and Glass Company, Office Manager for Hudson Construction Company, Project Manager for Binswanger Glass Company, a self-employed business consultant, a commercial loan officer for SunTrust Bank, Lending Director for non-profit Southeast Local Development Corporation (now Brightbridge), and CFO for Intersign Corporation. I dedicated my time and skills throughout the years as a board member to many non-profits. I have served on the board of the Downtown YMCA, North Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Community School, Fortwood Mental Health Center, Jobs Plus of Chattanooga, Southeast Community Capital, the 28th Legislative District CDC, and the North Chattanooga Neighborhood Association. Since 2006 when I left Intersign, I have had the chance to explore opportunities that I never had the chance to entertain while I was occupied making a living. I helped with a business start-up that handled the SBA (Small Business Administration) lending process for community banks. I spent two years developing my skills as an artist (my work is on display at Memorial Hospital, the UTC Business Department, and in private collections), and two years running my own art gallery. In 2015 I was lead instructor on behalf of the Urban League of Chattanooga for Streetwise MBA, a nationally recognized program created by Interise Corporation out of Boston to help launch existing businesses to the “next level” of operations. From May to November, I led the owners of sixteen existing businesses during an intensive, seven-month-long process to create their own, customized business plans. I've had a unique experience over the course of my career working for and with small businesses. As a member of the General Assembly, I want to continue to work for members of the small business community in District 26 like I have my entire life.
ABOUT THE ISSUES
We want to work with our small businesses and large industries to support our job doers and ensure that they are earning a fair wage for a fair day of work. Working in the small business community myself...
Currently, Tennessee ranks 36th in K-12 Education 14th in teacher pay with a huge disparity in pay between rural and urban teachers. And, although the state of Tennessee has increased its...
Hospitals in Tennessee are closing due to a lack of funding and inability of citizens to afford healthcare. As a low wage state, we need to take more action to provide Tennesseeans with affordable...