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Dallas District Three Race:
Genuine Service, Desire to Give Back Drives District Three Candidate
Casey Thomas to focus on jobs to under served communities; increased partnerships, more community voice, involvement
DALLAS- Driven by a sense of duty, love and service to his community, Casey Thomas is taking that desire to the next level seeking the seat in Dallas City Council District Three.
“As a resident in District 3, I see the unlimited potential that exists with a strong focus on the southern sector of the city of Dallas," Thomas said. "With the right leadership, the timing is perfect to get us back on the right track. I am that leader and the time is right now.”
District 3 is comprised of parts of Oak Cliff, Winnetka Heights, Kessler Park, West Dallas and Mountain View. David A. Neumann currently represents District 3 on the city council.
A native of Dallas,Thomas is a graduate of Skyline High School and an alumni of the University of North Texas, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
At 36, Thomas’ passion and dedication for serving his community have been evident as he served on the City of Dallas Community Development Commission and the DISD District 9 Advisory Committee. Thomas is also the founder of Young Men of Distinction, a male mentoring program, founded at A. Maceo Smith High School.
Most recently, Thomas worked with Dallas Unity ’08 in encouraging young people of all ages and races to become registered voters and getting them out to vote in November. Thomas is known to some in the Dallas community for serving as the Dallas Branch NAACP president over the past two years.
"One of my favorite sayings is ” too whom much is given much is required," he said. "Those who have been given a chance to get educated have a duty to give back to those who are coming behind. This is something I am passionate about."
Thomas is passionate about the issues and is focusing on listening to constituents and developing a plan to bring greater progress, growth and prosperity to the district.
He also aims to focus on bringing and maintaining jobs to underserved communities; increasing civil servant and community partnerships across the district; and encouraging participation of the citizens in decisions made in the district and across the city.
Some of those issues include:
• Economic development: Bringing jobs to underserved communities by offering the right incentives to bring businesses to the district
• Public safety: Improve and strengthen relationships between our community and our police and fire departments across the district and the city
• Quality of life: Provide more workforce housing and preserve those neighborhoods that have a rich history and tradition, and to increase citizen involvement and responsibility of decision making in the district and across the city.
• Youth services: Expand and enhance parks and recreation centers and focus on youth internship opportunities in strong and emerging industries.
“It is time to make District 3 a whole district, where the concerns of all citizens are being represented in City Hall,” Thomas said.
Thomas is also a creditable community leader, tenured educator, and family man.
He is a member of True Lee Missionary Baptist Church, where he has been an ordained deacon for the past six years.He also served on the Mountain Vista II Neighborhood Association, where he was able to see the strength of homeowners as advocates for their community He takes his faith seriously and in the past has served as President of the Men’s Ministry and is currently a Sunday School teacher. He is married to Lakisha Thomas and has one son, Chad.
He is co-owner of CLT Consulting, and with that business experience, Thomas understands that small business is the engine that gets and keeps the economy moving. This inspires him to work to bring the best businesses possible to the district and to the city to build a strong tax base for the city of Dallas.
Thomas has also distinguished himself as a leader have served his community on the Dallas ISD District 9 Advisory Committee Dallas Council of PTAs, City of Dallas Community Development Commission, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.,Young Men of Distinction, Founder Dallas NAACP, UNT Buddy System, Pleasant Grove Business Association and Ikoja.