Birmingham City Council, District 2
Name: Jordan Thompson
Residence: Grandview Parkway
Political experience: First run for political office. Served with University of Alabama Student Government Association.
Professional experience: Legal assistant-clerk, McMillan Associates, May 2016-present; founder and principal director, Teams for Troops nonprofit, September 2015-present; executive officer, first lieutenant-chief of staff, Alabama Army National Guard, September 2009-present.
Education: Juris doctor, Cumberland School of Law, May 2017; bachelor’s in political science, the University of Alabama, August 2013.
Civic experience: Volunteers with Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Association, giving free legal assistance to veterans at the VA; mentors with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Birmingham, March 2016-present; vice president, Young Professionals of Birmingham, fall 2014-winter 2016; tutor, the Brown House and the Brayden House, fall 2012-fall 2014; mentor with other nonprofits, including the Man Project, the Birmingham Education Foundation and Tap Inc., 2016-present.
Top contributors: B-Tech Inc., $1,250; Forest Energies, LLC, $1,000; Shehzad Keshwani, $1,000.
Main issues: Thompson believes the Magic City’s best and brightest are leaving the city, creating a “brain drain” problem. He advocates building strong schools and giving graduates incentive to stay in the city, as well as giving employers rewards from coming and staying here. He pledged to work for unity among interests citywide. He said he is committed to accessibility, personally and regarding council actions.