Leanne Jones, Candidate-Elect for Chattanooga City Council, District 5.
Updated: Mar 18
Within the first 30 seconds of Leanne Jones speaking to the writers at Candidates.Vote, you could tell she alluded so much positivity, personality and energy about life, family and community.
Born and raised in District 5 of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ms. Jones has seen her district roll with the punches and just how great the people in her community are. Her passion for others and to improve where she calls home is what brought her to run for City Council.
“I have lived in this district. I was born, raised and went to high school in this district,” says Jones.
Over the past 30 years Ms. Jones says she remembers her neighborhood as a whole family. Recalling kids walking home from school and playing outside. As she has gotten older, she says community programs aren’t being utilized and neighbor relationships are lacking – which she hopes to change.
“It’s not the same. I want to make a change and let people know it’s okay to pick up some trash, make your streets look nice and talk to each other because when you open yourself up to love from others, that’s when your life changes,” explained Jones.
Over the past 8 years, Jones has involved herself in a myriad of community events. She serves in several different capacities such as, Event Coordinator for a local non-profit, Sisters Who Care and a member of the Board of Directors for Chattanooga Girls Rock. She gives credit to the relationships she has built with her community and her loving parents for her positive mindset and dedication to make things better for the people she loves.
“Sometimes it’s hard to stay positive when you have a bad day or you’re not feeling well, but I always, always do my best,” explained Jones.
Ms. Jones shared a personal story with Candidates.Vote about her struggle with Endometriosis – a medical condition that impacts more than 200,000 women a year – which causes bodily tissue to form the lining of a woman’s uterus and grow outside of the uterine cavity, resulting in severed pain and inflammation.
“That’s why I’m so passionate about mental health and holistic wellbeing. If you have help in taking care of all aspects of life whether that be financially, mentally, emotionally and physically, you can be the best version for yourself and others,” said Jones.
Leanne Jones describes herself as “not a typical politician” and shares all her personal experiences openly so people can see she too, is human.
“We as the people are as one. I want to serve the people well and do good by God and my community.”
FUN FACT: When Ms. Jones was born, her parents thought she was going to be a boy. Her family had to change her name on the spot, which had her aunt saying “Leanne” repeatedly but the name sounded like “Yannie” to her other family members. To this day, only her aunt and mother call her “Yannie” but not a lot of people know is her nickname.
You can find Ms. Leanne Jones on the ballot when voters in District 5 head to the polls on March 2, 2021.
You can find out more about Leanne Jones by visiting ElectLeanneJonesDistrict5.Vote