Corrections: In earlier print and online versions, Style incorrectly listed the date of the primary for the 70th District House of Delegates seat. It will be held Dec. 6. Also, Jackie Jackson ran for the 74th House of Delegates in 2007, not the 69th. Style regrets the errors.
Former City Council Vice President Jackie Jackson is working to keep her successor, current Council Vice President Delores McQuinn, from winning the House of Delegates seat vacated by Richmond Mayor-Elect Dwight C. Jones.
Jackson is managing the campaign of Henrico County lawyer Carlos Brown, the second race she's helped manage since leaving her job as director of contracting and supply diversity with HCA Healthcare. She recently worked on the campaign of Tom Perriello, the Albemarle County Democrat who unseated Republican Virgil Goode from the House of Representatives.
“I'm one for one so far,” Jackson says.
Antione Green, president of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, also considered running for Jones' seat. He calls Jackson an “excellent choice,” for Brown. “I think she has proven that she can help manage a victorious campaign,” he says.
Despite McQuinn's re-election landslide in November and the fact that her council district overlaps with the House district that she seeks, Green says he doesn't see Brown's race as uphill. The 70th District straddles the East End of Richmond and stretches into Henrico where Brown lives. The Democrat is senior counsel for Dominion Resources and an associate minister at Trinity Baptist Church.
Jackson served a term on the Richmond City School Board before beating Reva Trammell for the 8th District City Council seat in 2002. Trammell returned the favor and regained her seat in 2006.
Jackson hasn't had much luck since. She briefly ran for mayor this year before withdrawing, and lost in a five-way primary race for the 74th District in the House of Delegates in June of 2007. She says her recent losing streak is an asset.
“[Rookies] need to know that you're not going to win every race,” Jackson says. “You can take a loss and then just walk away, and that's what I have not done. I have not just walked away.”
Registered voters in the 70th House District can cast their ballots in the primary Dec. 6 at 31st Street Baptist Church in Richmond and at the Math and Science Center in Henrico. The general election will be held Jan. 6.