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Jorja Jackson Clemson

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Council Member Clemson was elected to represent District 1 in May 2013. She has served as Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem several times. Clemson currently serves on the Finance and Government Committee, the Grand Prairie Sports Corporation, and the Advisory Board for E. Carlyle Smith Jr. Health Center at Grand Prairie. She is also a Chairman on the Public Safety Committee. She was honored to serve on the City Council with her mother, Ruthe Jackson, for three months, before Mrs. Ruthe's death in August 2013. Additional community engagement includes:

  • Executive Board of Directors for the North Central Texas Council of Governments

  • Chairman of City of Grand Prairie Public Safety Committee

  • Vice President of the City of Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation

  • City of Grand Prairie Finance and Government Committee (7 years)

  • Current board member and past president of LifeLine Shelter for Families, Inc., serving families of homeless children within the Grand Prairie Independent School District.Current Chairman of the Public Safety Committee

  • Host of GPTV's "It's Happening in Grand Prairie"

  • Past president of Grand Prairie City Council of PTA’s

  • Past president of Grand Prairie Arts Council

  • Past president of Grand Prairie Woman’s Club

  • Founding president of Junior Woman's Club

  • Past board of director member of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce

  • Past board of director member of Young Audiences of Greater Dallas

  • Past chairman of the Grand Prairie Library Board

  • Founding president of Kids INC (In Need of Clothing)

  • Past president of the Grand Prairie High School Alumni Association

  • Past Member of Keep Texas Beautiful

  • Past Board of directors for the GPISD Education Foundation

  • Board of directors for Kids INC

  • Past Board of directors of the Great Southwest Industrial District Association

  • Board of directors of the E. Carlyle Smith Grand Prairie Parkland Community Hospital

Jorja received the 2021 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for her volunteer service. She was also named the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, selected as an "Outstanding Young Woman of America" two consecutive years, received the Jeri Fischer Community Service Award from the Grand Prairie Council of PTA’s, and received the Women In History Hall of Fame Award from Soroptomist International of Grand Prairie in 2010. She was awarded Life Membership to the Texas PTA. She was the recipient of Friday Rotary’s Charitable Service Award in 2011 and received the 2020 Dallas College Distinguished Alumni & Pillar of the Community Award.


2022 Top Accomplishments

  • Decreased property tax rate by ½ cent in 2022-2023 budget

  • Increased Homestead Exemption by 2.5%

  • Launched Via Grand Prairie on-demand ride-share transportation

  • Implemented Living Wage for full-time city employees

  • Installed a fallen log artwork in Waggoner Park as part of the heART Project

  • Wrapped 10 more traffic signal boxes in curated art using the themes Hearts or Purple Martins

  • Started Police on-call rotation for Crisis Support Unit to provide 24/7 response to those experiencing a mental health crisis; and partnered Fire mental health paramedics with Police Department

  • Broke ground to widen Wildlife Parkway from Belt Line to SH 161, complete 2024

  • Acquired land for Fire Station 11

  • Announced Bass Pro Shops, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and BigShots Golf coming to Grand Prairie on SH 161 in 2023-2024

  • Landed conversion of the ballpark to a cricket stadium for Major League Cricket USA

  • Completed City Hall Central complex parking lot

  • Opened Fire Station 3 and its training classrooms

  • Celebrated Chicken N Pickle opening in EpicCentral

  • Opened Sprouts in mid-town

  • Opened Bolder Adventure Park in EpicCentral

  • Opened Tranquil Adventures at PlaGrand Adventures all-access park

  • Launched new city website

  • Began evening shifts for Animal Services

  • Named a street for Dolores Huerta, honoring her work as a civil and labor rights activist

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