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“LIVING IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH COMES WITH ITS CHALLENGES.  IN BREVARD COUNTY, WE FACE PRESSING ISSUES LIKE LOW THIRD-GRADE READING LEVELS AND DECLINING COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM SCORES.  OUR NATION’S GLOBAL RANKINGS IN MATH, READING, AND SCIENCE ARE SLIPPING.  EDUCATION IS VITAL FOR OUR FUTURE, DEMANDING OUR UNITED EFFORTS TO ENHANCE BREVARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  LET’S FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS, NOT CRITICISMS, TOGETHER CHAMPIONING  EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE.  BY DOING SO, WE EMPOWER OUR STUDENTS TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE SPACE COAST AND STRENGTHEN OUR NATION.  LET’S TRANSCEND DIFFERENCES, EMBRACE OPTIMISM, FOSTER COLLABORATION, AND UPLIFT EVERY BREVARD COUNTY SCHOOL.  TOGETHER, WE CAN UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF EVERY STUDENT AND BUILD A BRILLIANT FUTURE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.” 

JOHN THOMAS, Candidate for Brevard County School Board

About John Thomas

Dedicated to Progress, Positivity, and our Children's Success!

John is a lifelong resident of Brevard County, renowned for his unwavering commitment to serving and improving the lives of Space Coast residents. With a diverse background encompassing education, athletics, law enforcement, and business, John brings a wealth of well-rounded experience and proven, stable, common-sense conservative leadership to support his candidacy for the Brevard County School Board. 

During his distinguished career, John served as a field training officer (FTO) and narcotics detective, playing a vital role in training and mentoring police officers, combating drug trafficking, and ensuring the safety of the community. His passion for community safety eventually led him to focus on prevention and working with our community’s children, as he served as a School Resource Officer and Executive Director of the Greater Melbourne Police Athletic League. In these capacities, John supported and inspired South Brevard’s youth to realize their full individual potential, building a bridge of trust between them, law enforcement, and the community.

Recognized for his coaching abilities and dedication to mentoring young people, John made a significant impact as a high school administrator and head football coach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. Under his guidance, John’s teams achieved remarkable success, clinching two District Championships and producing numerous collegiate athletes who earned the opportunity to attend and play at esteemed institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, the United States Air Force Academy, Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.  Acknowledged by his fellow high school coaches, John was selected as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s “District Coach of the Year” three times.

John’s dedication to education and community service extended beyond coaching. He served as a two-term member of the Melbourne City Council and as a member of the Airport Authority Board overseeing the Melbourne-Orlando International Airport, where he passionately advocated for public safety, fiscal responsibility, and infrastructure improvements. In addition, he held leadership positions at the Florida Institute of Technology, playing a pivotal role in initiating the university’s first NCAA Division II football program and fostering valuable corporate partnerships, ultimately attaining the position of Associate Vice President.

Currently, as the CEO of the Home Builders and Contractors Association of Florida’s Space Coast, John is working to address the need for vocational opportunities for young people, making further contributions to the community. John currently volunteers as a board member for Neighbor Up Brevard.

With his unique experience in education, athletics, law enforcement, business, and community engagement, John embodies the essence of an experienced leader who comprehends the demands of effective leadership. Recognizing that to lead effectively on the school board, he must first earn the respect of employees, parents, and students, he has a proven history of demonstrating attentive listening to all perspectives, proactive problem-solving, unwavering dedication to ethical decision-making, abounding enthusiasm for the future, and genuine concern for those under his guidance, John is committed to cultivating an environment where everyone collectively strives to realize their full potential.

Key Issues we MUST Address...

Early Childhood Education

Empowering Futures: Provide our children with the academic and structured foundation essential for classroom success!

Vocational Training (CTE)

Empowering Futures: Enhancing Access and Awareness of Career and Technical Education in Brevard Public Schools

School Safety

Ensuring robust school security is vital due to the frequency of violent incidents on campuses over the past decade, underscoring the urgent need for effective measures to safeguard students and staff and the need to have full cooperation and integration with law enforcement. ensuring student and staff safety is of paramount importance.

Affordable Housing for BPS Teachers & Staff

Building Brighter Futures: Affordable Housing Solutions for BPS Employees

Meet John Thomas

John is a life-long resident of South Brevard County.  John  and his wife Debbie of 30 years are both products of Brevard Public Schools. John and Debbie have three children, Josh, Matt, and Dani along with six amazing grandkids.  John is deeply rooted in the local community and is committed to our children’s future. 

Community Endorsements

Hon. Paul Alfrey, Mayor - City of Melbourne

Hon. Thad Altman, State Representative

Hon. Mark Boyd, Council Member - City of Satellite Beach

Hon. Robin Fisher, Former Brevard County Commissioner

Hon. Mike Haridopolos, Former Senate President

Hon. Wyatt Hoover, Former Mayor-Town of Melbourne Beach

Hon. Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff

Hon. Mark LaRusso, Vice Mayor - City of Melbourne

Hon. Debbie Mayfield, State Senator

Hon. Rob Medina, Mayor - City of Palm Bay

Hon. Kendall Moore - Distinguished Community Leader

Mr. Todd Pokrywa, Distinguished Community Leader

Hon. Pat Reilly, Mayor - Town of Malabar

Hon. Corey Runte, Commissioner - Town of Melbourne Beach

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