MEET THE CANDIDATE
I decided to run for the House District 26 seat because I want to bring sustainable change to the state economy, education, and healthcare. Tennessee is a great state that continues to move forward if we focus on the problems and not on hyper-partisanship.
A good job and a great education are not rural or urban issues, they are Tennessee issues. As a representative, I will not rest until a fair days pay for a fair days work, thriving business, quality education, and affordable healthcare are the standards in Tennessee.
I love the people of District 26 and the great state of Tennessee. We need and deserve something better than the representation that we are getting in Nashville currently. We need and deserve a Representative that can make that happen.
David Jones for Tennessee House District 26
During my career, I worked as a caseworker for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Office Manager for Hudson Construction 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.
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 the 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. I am a man for District 26 for District 26
ABOUT THE ISSUES
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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...