North Carolina Senator Jeff Jackson announced his campaign for North Carolina’s open US Senate seat in January and last week launched his 100 counties in 100-day tour of the state.
“After hearing from thousands of you our family has made a decision: I’m running for US Senate,” said Senator Jeff Jackson. “I’m ready to run a campaign that raises your expectations and makes you proud to be from North Carolina. We have to go everywhere and talk to everyone: rural, urban, red, blue. We’re going to campaign from the heart, and I want you to be a part of it.”
Jackson will be seeking election to the seat previously held by Senator Richard Burr who has previously announced he will not seek re-election.
Jackson has made visiting all 100 counties in North Carolina a priority of his campaign and began meeting with voters in the Western States last week through a series of town halls.
“We’re holding 100 town halls in the next 100 days. Every county in North Carolina. Everyone is invited,” said Jackson when announcing his plan “ To win next November, this is the kind of energy, transparency, and organizing we need. Too often, those qualities get reduced to talking points. We want to show them in action.”
Jackson was in Cherokee County, North Carolina’s Westernmost county, yesterday and is scheduled to be in Swain County today, Saturday, May 29 at 3 p.m. at the Calhoun House. On Sunday, Jackson will be in both Macon and Jackson Counties Jackson will be in Macon County at Big Bear Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway at 1:30 on Sunday, May 30, and then will be in Jackson County at 4 p.m. at East LaPorte River Access Park in Cullowhee.
Senator Jackson became the second-youngest senator in the NCGA in 2014. He was new to political office, but not new to public service, having enlisted after the attacks of September 11th, trained at Ft. Bragg, and served in Afghanistan. He continues to serve today as a Captain in the Army National Guard. He is currently in his 18th year of military service.
Senator Jackson quickly built a reputation for being transparent, accessible, and candid. In office, he has helped lead the fight against gerrymandering and break the state’s GOP supermajority, stood against discriminatory legislation like HB2, supported investments in early childhood education, repeatedly called for raising teacher pay, and expanding Medicaid, and fought for reforms for our criminal justice system.
He has also received national attention for his efforts to close the consent loophole and his commitment to calling out corruption from both sides of the aisle.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit North Carolina, Senator Jackson prioritized community support over campaigning, regularly calling and emailing to update constituents and non-constituents alike on the status of community spread, hospital beds, vaccine distribution, and other critical information.
Senator Jackson was recently re-elected to represent SD-37 in the North Carolina Senate after the district was redrawn to be the most competitive senate seat in Charlotte. His wife, Marisa Jackson, helped close the race as Senator Jackson was called away on National Guard duty for the final weeks of the campaign.
Jeff and Marisa live in Charlotte with their three children Haden, 12, Owen, 5, and Avery, 2