Dr. John Thomas, Republican, announced his campaign for state representative last week. He will seek the District 52 seat currently held by eight-year incumbent Charles Ortega. The district includes Jackson, Harmon and portions of Greer and Kiowa counties.
Thomas, the son of a World War II instructor and test pilot, learned the value of honesty, respect and hard work at an early age. His adult life has been defined by a commitment to his family, church, profession, local schools and community. Friends and acquaintances respect these attributes and are excited to support him, confident that he will bring that same type of leadership and commitment as our representative.
Thomas said he is humbled by the support and encouragement of many from across the district who have already stepped forward to help his campaign, trusting him to bring leadership to this district.
“Southwest Oklahoma and our state as a whole, face serious problems,” Thomas said is a press release. “Yesterday’s leaders, including our current representative, do not seem up to the task. The crisis we face in our public schools alone shows that these individuals do not have the right answers to meet today’s challenges.”
“I will proudly work for our local communities, teachers and public schools,” he said. “I will proudly defend traditional conservative values like the right to life and 2nd Amendment freedoms. I will proudly work for the economic growth policies we need for a stronger future.”
A local veterinarian
Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science, a masters and doctorate in genetics, and a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Having operated a mixed-animal veterinary practice in Jackson County for nearly 40 years and making country calls throughout the district, Thomas knows firsthand what it takes to run a business, meet a payroll and create jobs in Southwest Oklahoma. Through his experiences and efforts on behalf of local farmers and ranchers, he has a direct and enduring relationship with agriculture.
A former teacher with lifelong family commitment to education
Thomas taught animal breeding and population genetics at the college level for several years. He is currently in his 12th year as a member of the Altus Board of Education, and he served a five-year term on the Southwest Technology Center board prior to that. His wife, Ginny, worked for the Altus Public Schools for 20 years, first as a classroom teacher and then in administration. In addition, she worked nine years at Southwest Technology Center and served adjunct positions at Blair Public School and Duke Public School.
Proud husband, father and grandfather
In August, they will have been married for 50 years. They have three grown children – John works in quality control for Purina Foods; Sara is a teacher; and Decherd is an attorney -and six grandsons.
Dedicated church member
They attend Altus First Baptist, where he is a member of the choir and they both participate in the LINC nursing home ministry. They previously attended Altus First United Methodist where Thomas was a Sunday school teacher, choir member and longtime charge lay leader.
A leader in the community
Thomas is the past president of Altus Rotary Club and a former Rotarian of the Year. He previously served on the board of directors of the Altus Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Altus/Jackson County Board of Industry. Thomas has been involved in efforts to protect and promote Altus Air Force Base and was a longtime member of the Altus Military Affairs Committee.
To learn more about the Dr. John Thomas campaign, call 580-481-8591 or visit Facebook.