John Thomas – Candidate Ward 4

ICON Questionnaire Response John Thomas…



Father, Richard E. Thomas, son of a sole proprietor. Estel Elmer Thomas started a local mechanical and body shop business in 1934.

Mother, Rosemary F. Thomas, daughter of a immigrant which traveled from Italy to arrive at Ellis Island to start their USA citizenship.

Married to Therese Thomas, customer service manager Schnucks supermarket, Sangamon avenue in Ward 4.

4 children, Jessica Cox, Kristi Dailey, Cory Hurst-Thomas and Brent Judd.

5 Grandchildren with the 6th due in March 2019.


1962 – John George Thomas was born.

  • First location of residency was on North 9th street in a small house.

1965 – parents bought a house built by Barker-Lubin on Fairfield Drive which my Mother still resides.

1982 – moved to North 9th street, close to viaduct.

1992 – Rented a Condo in Twin lakes.

1995 – Built a House on Buena Vista that I still reside.


Fairview Elementary School, Edison Middle School and graduated from Lanphier High School in 1980.

Several credits at Lincoln Land Community College pertaining to business.


Junior and Senior year – Participated in the CWT work program threw school and worked at E.E. Thomas in afternoons.

Age 16 – Worked at King Pin lanes.

Age 17 – Springfield Park District Lanphier park cleaning the stadium after ball games, also running the scoreboard for the AAA Springfield Redbird professional baseball club.

Age 18 – Full time at E.E. Thomas garage.

Age 29 – Purchased business called E.E. Thomas garage.

Age 56 – Owner operator of a 3rd generation 85 year old Springfield business called E.E. Thomas garage.

Contributions to community

Early 90s – leader of Tiger scout troop Ridgely Elementary School.

  • Managed FYAA youth baseball teams.

1991 – Started to get familiar with politics. Attended several functions.

2002 – Joined the Greater Springfield Bowling Association (GSBA) board, with over 2000 members.

2010 – Became President of Elmer C. Fisher 700 Bowling Club till 2016.

2011 – Write-in candidate for Mayor of Springfield, Illinois.

2012 – Appointed President of the GSBA board for 2 consecutive years

  • Manages Central Illinois Bowling tournament which annually brings 1.5 million dollars to the community.

2015 – Joined the Twin Lakes Home Owner association , becoming president from 2016 to present.

2015 – Joined the Twin Lakes Home Owner.

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