Hampton campaigning for BOE

When voters head to the polls in May, they’ll see Jonathan Hampton’s name on the ticket for Emanuel County Board of Election District 4.

Although the 43-year-old is a native of Emanuel, he and his relatives moved away for a 10-year stint due to a familial connection to the military. However, Hampton moved back to the area by the time he was in grade school.

His local ties to education began as early as sixth grade. He first Summertown Elementary and stayed within the public district through his 1997 graduation with honors from Swainsboro High School. Hampton matriculated at Claflin University and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Television and Radio Production and a minor in Political Science (2001). In 2005, he received a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

His career has been spent mostly with the Department of Defense at the Defense Logistics Agency for more than 20 years.

He entered the workforce as an acquisition specialist at DLA Troop Support in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2001 and worked in that capacity until 2016.

During his time in Philly, Hampton served as a manager for procurements and managed multiple million-dollar acquisitions daily. He also deployed with the Department of Defense to serve the American warfighter in Kuwait City located on the Persian Gulf.

Today, he is employed as a contracting officer with DLA Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. As such, he is tasked with writing contracts for emergency procurements to support the American warfighter.

This campaign is his first bid for any political office, and he says he is motivated to run because of his personal perception of opportunity here.

“My wife has been in the field of education for more than 21 years and is currently an administrator. A few years ago, after many conversations regarding the state of public education, I saw an opportunity and the great value in supporting two of our most valued assets in our community: our students and our educators,” Hampton explained. “I concluded that the most impactful way to serve both populations was to seek this current position.”

He says his main focus as a board member will be to support and develop policy and programs that would integrate the concerns of school-based leaders and teachers while echoing the voice of parents.

In an email to The Chronicle on Monday night, Hampton broke down his platform into four elements. These include: workforce readiness to ensure local students are prepared for the career of their choosing upon graduation when college is not their choice; parental engagement to provide parents and guardians with the resources and tools necessary to continue a student’s classroom success in the home; investing in teacher advancement to support educators in becoming the best they can be; and finally, promoting the strengths of all learners by assuring every student’s perspective is valued.

When asked what his overall message to voters would be, Hampton offered the following: “I look forward, in the coming days, to continue discussing the educational needs and expectations of ‘Every Child, Every Family, Every Day!’”

Should anyone have questions about his campaign, the best contact method for Hampton is by email at jonathanwhampton@gmail.com.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing and riding motorcycles and ATVs. Hampton is also involved in many local organizations. He is first vice president of the local NAACP branch, is a board member of the Emanuel Resource Center as well as Impact 101, is part of Emanuel County Schools’ Strategic Planning Team, serves on the 2022 ESPLOST Committee, and is pastor and founder of Life Application Ministries, Inc.

He has been married to his wife, Ranecci Hampton, for 13 years. His children are Desiree, Jonathan II, and Joshua.

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