North Carolina 3rd
Congressional District

Allen Thomas has a long history of service in eastern North Carolina including extensive experience in both the public and private sector.

Allen Thomas is a native of Craven County, where his family has lived and farmed for generations. Allen spent summers swimming in the Swift Creek and working in the tobacco fields, in a community where he learned the value of hard work, service, and the power of prayer.

Allen received his undergraduate degree in Business Management at East Carolina University, where he also served as student body president. Upon completion of his studies he was hired to recruit business and industry for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Allen went on to earn his Master's Degree in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also received the Cahn Fellowship, a scholarship to the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government.

Allen has also served as commissioner with the North Carolina ABC Commission (beverage control) board, a member of the North Carolina Commerce Senior Advisory Council for Economic Development and chairman of the Greenville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

With the rise of mobile technology in the 1990s, Allen co-founded IQMax Healthcare Technologies, the first platform to enable doctors and medical professionals to securely manage their daily medical workflow by linking and interfacing multiple facilities through their mobile phones and smart devices.

While mayor of Greenville, Allen launched Greenville's first office of economic development cohesive business strategy, which resulted in more than $850 million in new development, jobs and public-private partnerships in a 36-month period and completely transformed commercial corridors and revitalized the city's center and riverfront.

Taking a regional approach, Allen helped lead in the creation of Quad East, an alliance of Eastern North Carolina cities and counties working together to leverage financial, corporate and transportation assets to form an economic cluster for future development.

Allen also worked with North Carolina leaders, lawmakers and state government to close decades-old lingering transportation issues in eastern North Carolina. This included restoring $258 million in funding and construction of the Greenville Southwest Bypass and securing federal future interstate status (I-587) for U.S. Highway 264. The result: better connecting eastern North Carolina to the national ground transportation grid.

In 2017 Allen became the executive director of the North Carolina Global TransPark. In less thank two years Allen has led growth of the TransPark to 1,515 employees from 21 counties and $72M in new resources. This is the most growth and investment in over a decade.

Allen’s proudest accomplishments and his most important roles, however, are as a thankful husband to his wife Janet, and proud father to his girls, Ava and Holly, and his son, Chase.

Allen Thomas is running for Eastern North Carolina to:

Support economic and infrastructure development to ensure our region grows

Ensure our rural and coastal communities have the resources to rebuild and recover from hurricane damage, work on future disaster prevention and oppose offshore drilling on our coast

Provide our district’s large military population with the resources and services they need and deserve

Expand access to quality education so our children have a real shot to stay in the area and succeed

Expand trade and certification programs so that every young person who wants a job can get one

Expand broadband Internet access to all areas of our region

Ensure affordable health care and cut the cost of prescription drugs

Restore civility to the political system so we can end the bickering and focus on solving real problems

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Vote April 30th

Born and raised right here in Eastern North Carolina, Democrat Allen Thomas is the former mayor of Greenville and a small business owner with an accomplished track record of serving our community. He believes deeply in the promise of our region — and he knows that strengthening the local economy and increasing access to affordable health care are key to providing a brighter future for our families.

But he can’t do it without your support — your vote in the April 30th Democratic primary is critical to our community’s future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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