Hi, I'm Jessie Jacobs and I believe that together we can transform the Tees Valley.
I'm a committed Labour Party campaigner, a charity-sector leader and most of all, a very proud Teessider.
I grew up in the area, went to local schools and later gained a degree from Leeds and an MA from Durham. Life hasn't always been easy, the oldest of eight to a single Mum, I was brought up by my grandparents and was the first in my family to go to University. Most people know me from the 10 years of running the award-winning local charity A Way Out. I was the Chief Executive Office there until 2014, making a difference in thousands of lives across the Tees Valley. I’ve always felt that a society is judged on the way that it treats its most vulnerable. That’s what still drives me in my current role as director of a charity consortium, representing four major charities that deliver services to 100,000 people across the North East and Yorkshire, many of whom face multiple complex needs such as homelessness, exclusion, mental ill-health, and addiction.
I passionately believe in community development and place regeneration. I set up the cultural project I Love Stockton Me and have been involved in high street regeneration. I also started a peoples’ media project “We Are Our Media” which created the citizen newspaper The Eclipse. I’m committed to trade unionism, previously working as campaign and policy officer for the TUC.
Alongside politics I write, surf, walk my dog and am learning to box.
In standing to be Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, I'm focused on increasing democracy across our region. When I say democracy, I don’t just mean voting. For me, democracy means involving people in the process of shaping policies about things that matter to them. My intention, therefore, is to present a broad policy direction with lots of room for individuals, community groups, businesses and others to add greater detail.
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Please make your vote in this election count,
Vote for Jessie Jacobs.