Former Richmond councilwoman, perennial candidate and frequent U-Haul customer Jackie Jackson has proven that perseverance — and more than a few U.S. Postal Service change-of-address forms — can lead to political success.
After enduring a series of political losses during the past few years since losing her council seat to former rival, Reva Trammell, Jackson moved from Richmond to her home town of Thomasville, N.C., earlier this year to run for its City Council. On Election Day, all that packing tape finally paid off.
Jackson, a North Carolina native, was one of two new members elected to the Thomasville City Council, narrowly beating an incumbent member by just eight votes, according to the High Point Enterprise newspaper's election coverage.
“I'm excited that the voters of Thomasville had confidence in me and in my background to give me the opportunity to serve them,” Jackson told another local newspaper. “For me, who I am is the people of Thomasville.”
Before that, she was the people of Richmond's 8th District, and of Virginia's 74th House of Delegates district. Later she threw her hat in the city's at-large mayor race, briefly becoming all the people of Richmond again before packing up for North Carolina.