About "Able" Mable Thomas
For over 26 years, "Able" Mable Thomas has been at the forefront fighting for freedom, justice, and equality for all Georgians and disenfranchised people around the world. Whether as a community organizer, civil and human rights activist or elected official, she has been a consistent force for good and peace.
On July 31, 2012, Mable is seeking to reclaim her House District 56 seat she vacated in 2008 to run for the United States Congress. Her decision to seek another term in the Georgia General Assembly was propelled by constituents unsatisfied with the level of service they are currently receiving.
That is the nature of "Able" Mable, a servant of the people who will always answer the call when asked to; especially by those who have been historically overlooked and underappreciated.
Her emergence onto the political stage began in 1984 when she was chosen as a presidential delegate for candidate Jesse Jackson at the Democratic National Convention held in San Francisco, California. While there, she formally announced her candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives where she eventually won a highly contested battle with a long standing incumbent. During her four terms in office, Mable was the youngest member of the House, but mature beyond her years from the experience she gained as a community leader and civil rights activist.
In 1997, she again sought public office winning the Atlanta City Council, Post 1 At-Large seat which allowed her to focus on quality of life issues most impacting people throughout Atlanta.
In 2002, Mable Thomas, for a second time, beat an incumbent and served the citizens of House District 55 for six years. Now she is vying for another opportunity to work with local, state and federal leaders to actualize her vision of a house district where people, not politics rule the day.
Why Support Mable?
If you want veteran leadership, with proven results, who has historically represented the people with respect and humility, then "Able" Mable Thomas is your candidate. As a member of the Atlanta City Council she was responsible for passing the Affordable Housing Policy Bill, obtaining $4.9 million for Atlanta Green Space Conservation and was a major stakeholder in community efforts to secure the Historic Westside Revitalization Project. As a state legislator, Mable consistently voted in favor of public policy that improved the lives of people. Whether it was educational reform, women's reproductive health, living wages, racial profiling, economic development, access to health care or senior issues, Mable was always willing and ABLE to stand up and speak out. An example of her dynamism was the passage of landmark legislation requiring mammograms, pap smears and prostate exams to be covered under medical expenses thus saving many Georgians thousands of dollars in doctor bills. More important, her legislation saved lives!
Professionally, Mable has been extremely successful as executive director of the Greater Vine City Opportunities Program, Inc., which provides youth and family enrichment and educational opportunities for high-risk urban youth. Recently, she was able to purchase the old English Avenue Elementary School in the English Avenue community which will be converted into a multi-million dollar state of the art, environmentally friendly, high-tech, global community center. This is yet another example of her passion to change the world, one person at a time, one block at a time, one community at a time.
On July 31st, re-elect "Able" Mable Thomas for House District 56. She has the leadership, experience and community respect needed to be a real champion for all Georgians.