By the age of 23, Jacob Thomas has already been through hell and high water for his community. Whether it was jumping headfirst into raging rapids to rescue a drowning victim or out of a helicopter in the Sierra Nevada, searching for a downed plane, Jacob’s commitment and compassion for humanity is absolute. As an active volunteer for the El Dorado Search and Rescue, he was a Type I ground team member, training officer in the swift water team, and earned the 2016 Search and Rescuer of the year.
Jacob was never a stranger to extreme hardship and decisive action. Maintaining his strong work ethic since age 12, Jacob started a landscaping company at 18 on the corner of a high traffic intersection in El Dorado. “Thomas Landscaping: Weed-eating $15/ hour,” He turned that street corner enterprise into two booming businesses, Thomas Landscaping and Thomas Construction, 5 years later.
Born and raised in Amador County, Jacob has seen the struggles of rural communities and their implications on the youth. His deepest concerns reside in the impacts of ineffective educational funding and spending, drug use, and low socioeconomics. Strong families, economic growth, and a strong secure nation are the priorities of our future. Jacob is ready to stand up for that future.
Though Jacob supports Republican values and is running on a Republican platform, he understands that polarization in politics has led to both incredible gridlock and unnecessary tension in communities. We must learn to have productive conversations about policy and find resolve without sacrificing our rights and convictions. Most importantly, we must involve the communities in decision making and ensure the interests of our less dense communities are not overrun.