Jackson hopes to inspire Virginia voters
The gubernatorial election will be held on Nov. 5.
Leading up to that the Democrats will hold a primary election on June 11. For Republicans, their candidate will be chosen at a statewide convention on May 18.
While Tareq Salahi remains a wild card, the race for governor will center on current Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinell and the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, Terry McAuliffe.
Current lieutenant governor Bill Bolling announced last week that he will not run as an Independent.
To date, nine candidates have filed to replace him as lieutenant governor, including two Democrats and seven Republicans.
Jackson, whose bio lists an impressive array of accomplishments, from serving as a Marine to running several businesses, is a bishop in his church and much of what drives him is his love of God and country.
“I want you to get a sense of who I am and where my heart is,” said Jackson to a gathering of more than 60 who came out on a blustery evening to hear him.
“It's time for the commonwealth to step up and set an example of what we ought to do.”
Jackson entered the race late filing in December 2012.
“I wasn't planning to do this,” said Jackson, “but I love my country and what continues to be a passion in my heart is that we do away with hyphenated Americanism.”
No fan of President Barack Obama's policies, Jackson is convinced that we are at a crucial juncture in the history of this country as a democracy.
“I would hate to see that our legacy as a democracy had failed...that we had morphed into a socialist country.”
“We've got to stop dividing ourselves...what's being done now is tearing this country down.”
Jackson recalled his visit to Richmond after the November election.
“Walking into the silence of that convention hall...I saw people weeping,” said Jackson. “Some of them wept for days.”
“It wasn't just that their candidate had lost...the country had lost in a major way.”
“They were not just saddened...there was anguish and fear for the future of our country.”
“We need to lift ourselves up and be reminded of what a great nation this is and how we are benefiting from so much that as gone before us.”
Jackson hopes that his leadership will inspire, unite and broaden the base of the Republican Party attracting more Blacks and Hispanics.
Jackson will be in town again on Sunday, April 14, appearing at a venue from 2 to 5 p.m. at the OldHouse Vineyard in Stevensburg. The other Republican candidates for lieutenant governor will be there along with the two candidates for attorney general.
Candidates running for lieutenant governor
Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R) - Ex-State Sen. & Ex-State House Majority Whip
E.W. Jackson Sr. (R) - Minister, Ex-Attorney, Tea Party Activist, USMC Veteran & '12 US Sen. Candidate
L. Scott Lingamfelter (R) - State Del. & Retired Army Officer
Steve Martin (R) - State Sen. & Ex-State Del.
Jeff McWaters (R) - State Sen., Health Care Executive & Accountant
Pete Snyder (R) - Venture Capitalist, Fox News Commenator, GOP Activist
Corey Stewart (R) - Prince William County Council Chair & Attorney
Susan Stimpson (R) - Stafford County Board Chair & GOP Activist
Aneesh Chopra (D) - Ex-US Chief Technology Officer & Ex-State Technology Secretary
Ralph Northam (D) - State Sen., Physician & Army Veteran
Gail Parker (Ind. Green) - Businesswoman, USAF Veteran & Frequent Candidate