I love this city. I love living in this city. I loved raising my kids in this city, and I worry about this city.
I believe Minneapolis is at a crossroads. We face many challenges—equitable education, affordable housing, homelessness, income disparity, job loss, crime—to name just a few. We must improve the city at the neighborhood level. The issues of the Jordan neighborhood in north Minneapolis are not the same problems of Linden Hills. Minneapolis is only as strong as its least healthy neighborhoods. One-size fits all solutions will not do.
Education is an important issue in this election. Education must play a key role in breaking the poverty cycle, but schools can’t do it alone. We need a mayor that stands up for public schools that teach children to be free thinkers, not high-stakes test takers. We want bright creative young minds to be future leaders in our city. As mayor, I will aggressively work on stable housing, employment, homelessness, and the related racial disparities related to these issues.
My strength as a candidate lies in the fact that I am just like most of you. I have progressive values, and I have worked hard to help support my family and raise my kids to be happy, healthy, responsible citizens.
I’ve been a Minneapolis Public Schools teacher since 1987 and a special education teacher since 1990.
As a teacher, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the future of public education, which I believe is the foundation for quality of life for all of us here in Minneapolis. My concern about education is what compelled me to enter the race for mayor. We need a mayor who believes in and advocates strongly for our public schools.
My current job requires me to collaborate with parents, students, and colleagues from a variety of disciplines across the Minneapolis Public Schools District to find creative ways to support constituents in a climate of scarce educational resources. I think that’s what a mayor’s job is, too: in a climate of scarce resources I will collaborate with experts and stakeholders in Minneapolis to make our wonderful city better.
I am an everyday citizen running for mayor because we need a person who is in touch with the everyday realities of the citizens of Minneapolis. Please check out my Facebook page, Jim Thomas for Mayor of Minneapolis, to contact me and learn more about my ideas.
Thanks for your interest. I am eager to work together to better our city.