From drugs and gangs to church and politics, Tommy Vallejos has led a colorful life; and he doesn’t hesitate to share his story.

Tommy joined the Army to escape involvement in violent gangs, and the Army eventually brought him and his wife Caroline to Clarksville. After retiring with 21 years of military service, he now pastors at Faith Outreach Church, and he shares the message of hope and second chances with anyone and everyone who will listen.

In 2010, Tommy was elected to the Montgomery County Commission. He’s a proud “budget hawk” who has served as president of the Tennessee County Commission Association, and was honored by the Tennessee Legislature for his years of tireless service to the community, including facilitating gang awareness, ministering to prisoners, and fought to open a homeless shelter in Clarksville.

One of the few Hispanic politicians in Tennessee, Tommy can trace his family’s American roots back to New Mexico to over 150 years before the territory became a state.

Tommy also serves as Latinos for Tennessee’s Board Chairman, working to protect and promote faith, family, freedom, and fiscal responsibility among the Latino community in Tennessee.

When Tommy was asked about his Latino identity after his first election, we loved what he had to say:

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