Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Jason Powell Announces in District 53

Civic leader Jason Powell has announced he will be running to replace Rep. Janis Sontany at the State House in District 53. Powell, 34, had previously run for State House in 2006 against Rep. Mary Pruitt and is starting off the race with some major endorsements from Councilman Jerry Maynard, Sheriff Daron Hall, and former US Senate candidate Bob Tuke.

In his release, Powell stated that he has "always been looking for opportunities to give back" and this was another way for him to do so, along with his charitable work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and role as Hope Gardens Association President.

The election is August 2nd and the filing deadline is April 5th. Read the full release after the jump:

JASON POWELL ENTERS RACE FOR STATE HOUSE -- DISTRICT 53

MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: DARON HALL, JERRY MAYNARD, ANNA PAGE AND BOB TUKE

WORKED WITH “BIG BROTHERS,” TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HAS DEEP DISTRICT ROOTS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Democrat Jason Powell today announces his candidacy for the Tennessee State House of Representatives, District 53, in a bid to replace retiring State Representative Janis Sontany.

“If elected, I hope to continue in the tradition of strong leadership demonstrated by Representative Janis Sontany,” Powell said. Powell is a staunch supporter of great jobs, safe neighborhoods, affordable healthcare, and excellent schools. “This community has given me so much that I have always been looking for opportunities to give back. This is another great opportunity for me to give back.”

Powell, a native Nashvillian, has deep roots in the 53rd District. Jason was baptized and attended Sunday school at Saint Matthias Church on Nolensville Road. He even called bingo at the Woodlands South senior residence where his grandmother lived during his youth. Jason taught in public schools throughout the district including Glencliff and Overton high schools.

Powell’s character was formed early in life. At the age of five, Jason’s father died. As a child, he learned how to live by the values of hard work and commitment to his faith from his mother, a single mom and registered nurse with a career in healthcare who worked long hours to provide for Jason and his older sister Shannon.

Jason was fortunate to become a Little Brother in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program at the age of seven. Bill Davis, his Big Brother, instilled a strong sense of self confidence in Jason, who had many academic, athletic, and extracurricular pursuits during his youth.

Jason attended Nashville’s public schools through 8th grade and graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy. At the University of Colorado, Jason was elected as a representative to the nation’s largest college student government and walked on to the Colorado Buffaloes football team as an offensive lineman. He went on to earn a Master in Public Administration from the Institute of Government at Tennessee State University while working as a substitute teacher in Nashville’s public schools.

Jason went to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters to help launch a faith-based program that recruits mentors for children who have one or more parents incarcerated or who are simply in need of a positive role model. Jason works as a real estate broker in addition to his position at the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association as Director of CHASCo, a statewide higher education coalition of 32 public and private colleges and universities representing tens of thousands of students that promotes healthy and safe campus environments. Jason’s position has taken him across Tennessee working with various community anti-drug coalitions, local law enforcement, and colleges.

Among his achievements is organizing his neighbors to take back their local park from gangs and drug dealers and returning it to a safe place for children to play. In addition, Jason worked with the police to condemn a crime ridden house in his neighborhood that had received hundreds of violations.

Powell is a Representative on the Davidson County Democratic Executive Committee, member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education Report Card Committee, serves as a Board Member of Prevention Alliance of Tennessee and Nashville Emerging Leaders and served as President of his neighborhood association for the last five years.

Jason is married to Heather Powell, the Development Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, and is a proud father of their sixteen month old daughter, Sophie Marcella.

Powell has received the endorsements of Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall, Councilman At-Large Jerry Maynard, former Councilwoman Anna Page, and former Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Bob Tuke.

To learn more about Jason Powell please visit www.facebook.com/powellfortennessee
or www.twitter.com/powellfortn.

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