Allen Thomas has developed a reputation of being a tough fighter for education, working class families, paying workers a living wage, and criminal justice reform. Allen developed his tough yet caring personality as a child, growing up in a one-bedroom apartment with his mom, dad, and sister. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father battled drug addiction while working odd jobs to provide for his family. When his parents divorced, his mother took on a second job as a cashier at a local grocery store to make ends meet for the family. His mother’s sacrifice fuels his desire to raise teacher pay to the national average in North Carolina.
Allen made history as the youngest County Commissioner ever elected in Hoke County when he was elected to the Hoke County Board of Commissioners in 2014. He was also re-elected in 2018 for a four-year term. In 2014-2015, Allen served as the Vice-Chairman of the Hoke County Board of Commissioners. He currently serves on the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the organization’s General Government Steering Committee. Allen also received the Master Level of recognition from the Local Elected Leaders Academy.
Allen strongly promotes volunteerism within his community. He serves as a Board member for the Hoke County Department of Social Services. He is also an Executive Board Member for the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Allen is a 2009 graduate of East Carolina University and continues to have a secondary residence in Greenville, NC. His primary residence is in Raeford, North Carolina.
As an elected official, Commissioner Thomas has been visible and accessible to the residents of Hoke County. He is known as a fighter for “the little man”. After the severe destruction of Hurricane Matthew, Commissioner Thomas successfully fought to allocate $100,000 of county funds to go immediately to food vouchers when the federal government took weeks to approve disaster food stamp benefits. Commissioner Thomas has been through a lot of adversity in life. He knows what it’s like to struggle. His past experiences have molded him into the powerful leader that he is today.