Big news today out of North Carolina:
North Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson is expected to announce today that he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2022, the latest candidate to enter what could be a large field to replace outgoing Sen. Richard Burr.
Jackson, a 38-year-old Democrat from Charlotte, is in his fourth term in the state Senate. A former Gaston County prosecutor, Jackson is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Afghanistan war veteran.
Burr, a Republican, announced during his 2016 campaign that he would not seek a fourth term in the Senate.Jackson, who is married and has three young children, opted not to run for the Senate in 2020 after meeting with Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer.
Democrat Cal Cunningham won the nomination, but lost to incumbent Republican Sen. Thom Tillis by about 106,000 votes.Jackson, speaking to a politics class at UNC Charlotte during the campaign, said that if he ran for Senate he would hold “100 town halls in 100 days” in each of the state’s 100 counties.
Jackson has stated that the Capitol Hill insurrection on January 6th was what motivated him to jump into this race.
FYI, State Senator Erica Smith (D. NC) is also running again but Axios pointed this out about Jackson:
Fun fact: Jackson has about 200,000 followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, not bad for a local politician whose district only sees about 110,000 votes cast. His following took off one icy day in February 2015, when he was alone in the state capitol tweeting about all the bills he was passing with unanimous support. Of course he was the only one voting.
- “This is going to be like, ‘Night at the Museum’ except at the end we’ll have a stronger middle class,” he tweeted.
Jackson passed on running in 2020 and was originally the ideal candidate then but he’s jumping in now to help us expand our majority and run the campaign he wants to run. We’ll wait and see who else wants to jump in but click here to learn more about Jackson’s campaign.