E.W. Jackson, a pastor and lawyer from Chesapeake, is running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, and on Tuesday morning he met with Republicans at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield.
“These are the times that try men’s souls,” said Jackson, quoting Thomas Paine. “We need a particular kind of leadership; the same kind of leadership that we needed when Ronald Reagan came along.”
Jackson, 61, recently ran unsuccessfully in the GOP Senate primary. He is the author of “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life” and “America the Beautiful – Reflections of a Patriot Descended from Slaves”. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
“The Republican Party needs a unifier; we need to be brought together," Jackson said. "I’m not interested in a political career, but I do want to serve my country.”
Jackson and his wife Theodora moved to Virginia in 1998 after a 15-year legal career in Boston. He is the founder of the nondenominational Christian-based Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, and S.T.A.N.D. (Staying True to America’s National Destiny).
Jackson highlighted Republican individualism, and said that Americans should not have a “hopeless dependency on the federal government likes its God.”
The transportation bill that recently passed the General Assembly was a mistake, said Jackson. “I am opposed to the transportation bill. This is not a time to be raising taxes on Virginians; we don’t ever want to do that in a bad economy,” he said.
Jackson faces competition in the race for lieutenant governor from:
- Corey Stewart, chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors
- Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-31st)
- State Sen. Steve Martin (R-11th)
- Former State Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis
- Susan Stimpson, chair of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors
- E.W. Jackson Sr., minister and former U.S. Senate candidate
The final candidate for Republican Lieutenant Governor will not be chosen in a primary, but instead in April at a Republican state convention.
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