Jack Jackson, Jr. runs for AZ State Congress

Jack Jackson, Jr. runs for AZ State Congress

{mosimage}Democrat Jack Jackson, Jr., a former Arizona State Representative and openly Gay Navajo, is officially running for the District 1 Arizona State Congress seat against Republican incumbent Rick Renzi. The majority of District 1 voter’s are Democrats. Currently, Jack Jackson, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, a post he was appointed to by Governor Janet Napolitano in January this year. He intends on resigning from the position on September 1, 2005 to pursue his election campaign full-time. Read the articles and websites below for more information on Jack Jackson, Jr.


Ex-state Rep. Jackson to run for Congress

FLAGSTAFF – Former Democratic state Rep. Jack Jackson Jr. has officially thrown his hat into the ring for next year’s Congressional District 1 election.

And, if Jackson, executive director of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, makes it to the general election against two-term incumbent Republican Rick Renzi, he admittedly has an uphill climb.

But he also has strengths.

The Window Rock native was elected primarily by Navajo voters, who are a large share of District 1 voters, to a state House seat in 2002. Jackson, who did not seek re-election in 2004, is the son of influential politico Jack Jackson Sr., who was an Arizona state legislator for 19 years.

Read more… http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0717jackson17.html

Jackson considers run against Renzi

WINDOW ROCK – Jack Jackson Jr. is the latest Navajo to think he has a chance of making it to Congress.

Jackson, a state senator, announced Monday that he is seriously considering making a run for Arizona’s 1st District, which is now held by Republican Rep. Rick Renzi.

U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chairman of the Congressional Campaign Committee, is looking at districts that could go to the Democrats two years from now and one of the key fights may be the Renzi seat in Arizona.

Renzi, now in his second term, is a Republican in a predominantly Democratic district. In fact, the Democrats outnumber the Republicans better than 4-1 in some Navajo precincts.

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Another current article on his recent announcement: http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2005/06/20/daily30.html

Article about his appointment to the AZ Commission of Indian Affairs: http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096410170

AZ Commission of Indian Affairs website: http://www.indianaffairs.state.az.us

Old Advocate article about his last election: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1589/is_2002_Oct_29/ai_94079724

A bio on Jack Jackson, Jr. (not sure on how accurate it is): http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fam/bioj1/jack08.html

Jack Jackson, Jr. campaign website: http://www.backjackson.com/